Brendan Friedrich, The Voice of Pride, Visits Kettler and the Caps


We had the pleasure of meeting Brendan Friedrich, Heritage High School’s Voice of Pride announcer, this morning at Kettler Ice Plex. The Loudoun County’s blind announcer has become a bit of a local celebrity since he hosted ABC 7’s Good Morning Washington on February 12th. And Saturday the Washington Capitals invited the freshman to join them behind the glass, in the locker room, and to announce the Caps during warm-ups at Verizon Center with Wes Johnson.

The Caps took the young announcer behind the glass where he met Coach Trotz, members of the press, and then Braden Holtby.

Brendan participated in Try Blind Hockey, an event in which many visually impaired youth and adults took to the ice at Kettler,many for the first time.


Brendan also had a chance to sit in the announcer’s booth at Kettler.


Our thanks to ABC7 and the Washington Capitals for letting us eavesdrop on their interview with Brendan!  Brendan said he was excited to meet with the Capitals but mostly for the chance to meet Wes Johnson, the Capitals own announcer.

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The HS freshman’s parting words to us? “GO CAPS!!.

Our thanks to Wes Johnson and Joe Kurnos for the great feature photo.

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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