PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins say Mike Lange will get his COVID-19 vaccination before returning to the radio booth to call games this season.
Lange will turn 73 in March.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Lawyers React To Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder
In a statement, he says, “I’ve decided to opt out of the start of the season after huddling with doctors about the course of COVID-19. They’ve suggested it probably is best to receive the vaccinations before going back in the booth.”
Josh Getzoff will take over all radio play-by-play duties in Lange’s absence, and Phil Bourque will continue serving as analyst.READ MORE: Columbus Police Show Body Camera Footage Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
Penguins Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange announced that he will not start the upcoming season in the radio booth, out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic.
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The Pens say Lange will make occasional phone-in appearances during intermissions and other Penguins radio programming.