Bringing colour to Olympics

Before landing in Kelowna to sell real estate and add colour to Kelowna Rockets radio broadcasts, Kent Simpson played hockey in Britain.

Simpson has parlayed those experiences into a two-week gig as colour commentator for the BBC's Olympic hockey coverage.

He played three seasons with the Sheffield Steelers in the British Ice Hockey Superleague and the British Elite Ice Hockey League more than a dozen years ago.

"I always had an interest in the media side of sports, and a friend of mine works for BBC in Sheffield, so we hosted a weekly hockey show," said Simpson.

He said there are a lot of hockey fans in Britain, so the show had a pretty good following.

Simpson says he reached out to the BBC about helping out with the Olympic broadcast during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

That never came about, and 2014 in Sochi, Russia didn't pan out, but this year, he said they came to him and asked Simpson to join the broadcast team.

Simpson, and play-by-play broadcaster Seth Bennett will call the games from BBC's headquarters in Manchester, England, using the international broadcast feed from South Korea.

"We are doing both the women's and men's tournament.

"When the women's tournament starts, we have two games a day, 7 a.m. and noon British time. When the men's tournament kicks in, and the women's tournament is still going, we'll do three games a day. That looks like a 4 a.m., 7 a.m. and a noon start for us."

The hardest part of the job is researching players he knows very little about, especially without NHL players taking part.

"I know a lot about Hockey Canada and I could go on-and-on forever, but I don;t think that's very appropriate if it's Sweden and Finland playing."

It'll be a work in progress he said.

Simpson leaves for Manchester next Wednesday, with his first game 7 a.m. Saturday.

Games will be carried on BBC television, radio and internet formats.

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4United States98623
6South Korea58417
7Olympic Athlete
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