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Minnesota Wild TV, radio broadcasts will feature new announcers this season

Paul Allen will get a crack at calling Wild games on the radio.
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Paul Allen with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer at Canterbury Park. 

Anthony LaPanta and Bob Kurtz are still the mainstay voices of Minnesota Wild hockey on TV and radio, respectively, but there will be a bevy of fresh voices this season. 

The Wild announced Tuesday that KFAN host and voice of Vikings radio/Canterbury Park announcer, Paul Allen, will be among the road play-by-play voices filling in for Kurtz. 

Kurtz is reducing the number of road games this season, so Allen, Jim Erickson, Kevin Falness and Joe O'Donnell will handle the play-calling duties when Kurtz is off. 

Erickson is the voice of St. Cloud State hockey in addition to being a radio host at Bob FM in the Twin Cities. Falness is the regular studio host of Wild hockey on the radio, and O'Donnell is the play-by-play for the Wild's affiliate in the American Hockey League, the Iowa Wild. 

Tom Reid will remain as the full-time radio analyst. 

On Fox Sports North, LaPanta will be joined by a bevy of color commentators, including longtime broadcast partner Mike Greenlay, Lou Nanne, Ryan Carter and Wes Walz. 

Nanne, Carter and Walz all previously played professionally in Minnesota, with Nanne a star for the North Stars and Carter and Walz with the Wild. 

The Wild opens the season Oct. 3 at Nashville, with the home opener set for Oct. 12 against Pittsburgh. 

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How did Paul Allen's first time doing hockey play-by-play go?

"Fiala a shot and he scores! Kevin Fia-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. It's Christmas every day with Kevin Fiala."