In the hub of the greatest bastion of major league sports, John Horrigan has been lucky enough to work as a professional sports announcer in the New England region for over 25 years. He is recognized as one of the premiere "show hockey" announcers in North America, having called over 3,500 sporting events.
Today he announces charity hockey games all over North America for the Boston Bruins Alumni, U.S. Olympic Alumni Hockey Teams, (for both men and women), and with members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and National Hockey League Alumni.
He announced three historic intercontinental Friendship Cup series (2006, 2007, 2009) between the Russian Gazprom Export Hockey Team, Team USA and Team Canada.
In 2012, he called a game between the Russian Arctic Hockey and the Boston Bruins Alumni - and was given only 15 minutes notice before the game!
John called the Boston Bruins Alumni vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni game in Belleville, Ontario and the Jacksonville, Florida Hockey Legends game in 2014 and the Boston Bruins Alumni vs. Colorado Avalanche Alumni game in Aspen, Colorado in 2015. He has called hockey games in remote regions like Natuashish, Goose Bay and Churchill Falls, Labrador; Blanc-Sablon, Quebec; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and in virtually every hockey arena in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, including Grand Manan Island and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
John was the host for Brad Park's Be A Bruin cable television series in 2006.
He served as a color commentator at the Winter Legends Classic at Fenway Park in January of 2010.
John then served as an on-ice player interviewer for the Legends Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in December of 2015.
He also called two Canadian Legends Winter Classic hockey games between the Canadiens Alumni and Bruins Alumni in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick in December of 2015.
John has served as the Master of Ceremonies and announcer for the Corey C. Griffin NHL Alumni Pro-Am tournament since 2013.
Horrigan handled the play-by-play for the webcast of two exhibition games between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders at the TD Garden in September of 2010.
John also served as the announcer for a series of fundraising hockey games in Nantucket ("Charity on Ice") involving members of the Gold Medal-winning U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team and other Olympians on Nantucket from 2007 - 2012.
John's biggest thrill in his career was an opportunity of a lifetime. On June 5th, 2012, he served as the public address announcer at Fenway Park for a Major League Baseball Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. John would go back to Fenway Park in early 2013 for three auditions for the permanent public address announcer position. Although he was not selected for the job, he was honored to have progressed so far in the audition process.
Horrigan also announces charity basketball, softball and flag football games for the New England Patriots Alumni, which is a team composed of both retired and current players. Since 1994 he has worked with players from all 7 of the Patriots Super Bowl teams.
John has also hosted charity events with members of the New York Giants and New York Jets alumni.
Horrigan is a seasoned veteran announcer of comedy basketball, having announced and performed professionally in over 600 games (since 1993) around the globe, including Kuwait, the Caribbean and Canada, for the Harlem Rockets, Harlem Wizards, Harlem Magicians, Harlem Hoopsters, most recently with the Court Jesters comedy basketball team.
In 2013, he called a Comedy Basketball All Star Game at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts featuring members of the Harlem Globetrotters, Harlem Wizards, Harlem Rockets and Court Jesters.
Horrigan has called over 500 football games in his career and spent 19 seasons in the Eastern Football League, 17 of which were with the Randolph Oilers. John called the historic Moscow Giants / Marlboro Shamrocks exhibition game in 1990 (after which a Soviet player defected to the United States), the Transcontinental Minor League Football Championship game in Canada (just after a moderate earthquake) between the Randolph Oilers and the Ottawa Bootleggers, and the Minor League Football Alliance Championship between the Marlboro Shamrocks and the Racine Raiders. He called the EFL's Bridgewater Gladiators' inaugural game in 2009 and served as the public address announcer for the Mass Mutiny of the National Women's Football Association in 2003 and for the Rhode Island Intensity of the Independent Women's Football League in 2004.
He called 25 consecutive Thanksgiving Day High School football games for the Dedham/Norwood rivalry and more recently for the Medfied/Dover-Sherborn annual game.
As the producer and host of the cable television program Atlantic Boxing Television, John announced over 200 professional and amateur boxing matches (ringside or as the ring announcer).
He was the final boxing announcer in the old Boston Garden in 1995, where he called the Golden Gloves National Championship and he also called the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Golden Gloves New England Regional Championships at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
John called many of "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley's fights leading up to his match with Mike Tyson. He also called some of Micky Ward's ("The Fighter") comeback bouts.
Horrigan produced and announced the 1995 NCAA Fencing Championships at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and later turned it into a cable television series entitled En Garde.
He also called Brandeis University Basketball games from 1994 - 1996, and Babson College hockey games from 1990 - 1992 on local cable television.
John was a pit reporter on the auto racing cable television series Speedway Heat from 1994 through 1997 and later called seven Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix races from 2000 - 2006.
From 2001 through 2017, he has called the Peabody Police vs. the Northshore Oldtimers Labor Day Baseball Game to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
He has announced charity softball games for the Boston Red Sox alumni for nearly 25 years, from 1994 - 2017.
He hosted seven Millis Firefighters' Musters from 2000 - 2006.
Horrigan has partnered with Celebrity Marketing, Inc. for over two decades, by serving as their host for various events including Bourque Golf (2001-2017), Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball (2007-2010), the Boston Celtics Shamrock Golf Classic (2008-2009), Jason Varitek Celebrity Putt-Putt (2006-2009), The Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament (2008-2016), the annual Boston Bruins Foundation Casino Night (2011-2017), the annual Boston Bruins Foundation Boston Harbor Cruise (2009 - 2016), Bowl with a Bruin (2016-2017), the New England Sand Sculpting Festival (2006-2008), Boston Bruins Fashion Powerplay (2015) and Troy Brown Celebrity Bingo (2004-2008).
John began his career in 1984, announcing high school football, baseball, basketball and hockey games for Dedham, Norwood, Westwood, Newton North and Newton South High Schools.
Today John coordinates and announces Boston Bruins Alumni hockey games, hosts Boston Bruins Foundation and Celebrity Marketing events, travels and announces with members of the NHL, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs alumni, and announces New England Patriots charity basketball games.
He's a five-time Boston/New England Emmy Award-winner (and 20-time Boston/New England Emmy Award nominee) for his role as host, co-creator and co-writer of the cable television program The Folklorist a voice-over artist, actor and a professional historical lecturer.
Here are John's Emmy Award acceptance speeches:
BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND EMMY AWARD WINNER - 2015
BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND EMMY AWARD WINNER - 2015
BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND EMMY AWARD WINNER - 2014
BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND EMMY AWARD WINNER - 2013
BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND EMMY AWARD WINNER - 2012