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Ex-Rats, Phantoms announcer Newkirk lands with Dallas Stars

Former Albany River Rats and Adirondack Phantoms play-by-play announcer Owen Newkirk is heading to the NHL.

The Dallas Stars announced Thursday that Newkirk would be the pregame, intermission and postgame radio co-host alongside Bruce LeVine. Newkirk spent the last two seasons as the play-by-play voice of Dallas' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. Texas won the Calder Cup in June.

Newkirk was with the Rats from 2007 to 2009, and then joined the Phantoms for the 2009-10 season.

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