Blackhawks broadcaster Judd Sirott leaves for Bruins job; Chris Boden takes over

Comparing it to winning a Powerball drawing, Judd Sirott, WGN-AM 720's Blackhawks studio host since 2008, has been named the new play-by-play voice of the Boston Bruins on WBZ-FM.

Replacing Sirott as pregame, postgame and intermission host will be Chris Boden, the Blackhawks announced.

The changes are effective immediately, with Sirott set to work the Bruins season opener Thursday against the Predators.

"I didn't just hit the lottery, I hit the Powerball," Sirott said in the Boston station's announcement of his hire. "An Original Six team, a spectacular hockey market, one of the world's greatest cities, a terrific partner to work with in Bob Beers and a fabulous station to be a part of. I am incredibly fortunate, privileged and humbled to be the radio voice of the Boston Bruins."

Sirott takes over for Dave Gouchert, who left Boston to become TV play-by-play announcer for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

Besides his studio duties with the Hawks, Sirott was WGN-AM's backup Hawks announcer and part of its Cubs broadcast team when it carried the baseball team.

A nephew of WLS-AM 890's Bob Sirott, Judd made a name for himself as the long-time play-by-play announcer for the Wolves. He also has been a backup announcer for the Fire. He has called NHL games nationally for NHL Network and HDNet (now called AXS TV).

"As the saying goes, 'Success has a thousand fathers,' I've probably had double that," Sirott said, rattling off a list of people with the Bruins and CBS Radio Boston who played a role in his hire. "I'd also like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks and WGN where I spent 10 terrific years. My family and I can't wait to move to Boston."

Boden is a Chicago media stalwart of more than 30 years whose contract was not renewed earlier this year by CSN Chicago (now NBC Sports Chicago).

The regional cable sports network had hired Boden 10 years ago as a features reporter and studio host for Hawks telecasts, then moved him to "Bears Postgame Live" four years ago. He previously worked at CBS-2, FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WMVP-AM 1000, CLTV, NFL Network and what is now the Illinois News Networks.

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