June 1, 2016 – Mississauga, Ontario – The ISC Network is pleased to welcome Kris Abbott to the broadcast team for the 2016 ISC World Tournament being held in Quad Cities, IA-IL.
“We’re thrilled to have a broadcaster like Kris join us on the ISC Network team,” says co-producer Blair Setford. “Kris comes from a fastball family and we’re entirely confident he’ll make his mark on the broadcast program that is already known as the voice of men’s fastball.”
Abbott, 33, is a native of Newfoundland and grew up on and around the fastball diamonds, including spending plenty of time watching his father, Newfoundand Hall of Famer Keith Abbott and his uncle, ISC Hall of Famer Colin Abbott. Kris began playing hockey and softball at a young age and went on to represent his province in both sports at an elite level.
“The ISC World Tournament is the pinnacle of our sport. I want to thank Blair and the team at the ISC Network for giving me this opportunity – it’s an honour and a thrill,” says Abbott. “While I have never quite had the eye or power of my Hall of Fame uncle, I have a deep rooted respect and passion for the ISC and hope to put my own unique mark on its history. I have met some of the best people I know through fastball, including close friends and future Hall of Famers like Jason Hill and Stephen Mullaley, who have been teammates of mine since childhood.”
Currently a play-by-play commentator and producer for Eastlink TV in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Abbott is the voice of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Friday night broadcasts and also covers Canadian university hockey, Nova Scotia major midget hockey, and various other sporting events on Eastlink. “A big thank you to Brett and Michael Smith at Eastlink for allowing me time away in August to chase my personal passion of world-class fastball before ducking back inside cold Canadian hockey arenas for the year,” added Abbott.
In 2014, he called several games from the Softball Canada Senior Men’s Nationals in Charlottetown, PEI and is slated to cover this year’s inaugural ISC qualifier in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The ISC Network will stream 25 games in high definition from the 2016 ISC World Tournament in Moline, Illinois along with the annual ISC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
For additional information, please contact:
ISC VP Operations,
ISC Network Co-Producer