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Filling in for Maher 'greatest' minutes of Kerr's life

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

Colour commentator Mike Rogers couldn't turn a deaf ear even if he wanted to.

The unfamiliar play-by-play man beside him in the press box at Tuesday's Flames game against the Blue was cranked up to maximum volume as Calgary's Darren McCarty and St. Louis' Bryce Salvador fought on the 'Dome ice below.

Not that Rogers didn't expect it.

Rob Kerr had been hoping for a chance to call an NHL dustup ever since 'Voice of the Flames' Peter Maher asked his fellow FAN 960 personality to fill in for him for a few minutes while he accepted local congratulations at ice level for his Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hall of Fame.

"I've never seen Peter stand up when something goes on but Rob was on his feet," recalled Rogers of Kerr's four-plus minutes of play-by-play. "He was leaning over and I thought, 'Now, do I grab his leg to make sure he doesn't fall over the side?'

"The funny thing was as the fight's going on, Pete's coming across the catwalk. So I'm kinda watching Pete and wondering if he can hear Rob because he's so loud and so into it.

"It scared me."

Doing NHL play-by-play for the first time was a dream come true for Kerr -- and his performance was very energetic considering he hadn't slept much the night before.

"It was unbelievable. Everything I could have asked for. I can't thank Peter Maher enough," said Kerr.

"To have the fight -- which I screwed up because I didn't get the right guy -- was amazing.

"And then to get a goal on top of that. For four and a half minutes, I got everything. It could have been two icings, it could have been a groin pull and Pete was back.

"As far as I'm concerned, the greatest four and a half minutes of my life."

GIORDANO SENT DOWN:

The Flames reassigned Mark Giordano to Omaha yesterday, giving him a chance to play rather than watch as the seventh blueliner in Calgary.

"He's got to work himself into a position where when we need another defenceman up here, he's the first guy that's recommended," said Flames head coach Jim Playfair.


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