John Kelly serves as the television play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Blues on FOX Sports Midwest.
No stranger to the broadcasting profession, Kelly comes from a family with a rich background in hockey announcing. His father, Dan Kelly, was the radio and television voice of the Blues for 21 years and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. John’s younger brother, Dan Jr., called games on radio for the Blues from 1997-2000. His uncle, Hal, also was a hockey broadcaster, working with several NHL teams when hockey began airing on television. Kelly returned to St. Louis following the 2003-04 NHL season. He called Colorado Avalanche games for the first nine seasons the team was located in Denver.
Kelly launched his career calling American Hockey League games on radio for several seasons with the St. Catharines Saints and Adirondack Red Wings. Kelly broke into the NHL in 1988-89 as the radio voice of the New York Rangers. He worked the Blues’ radio and television simulcasts for three seasons, 1989-90 through 1991-1992. From there, Kelly joined the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning, describing the action on the team’s radio/television simulcasts for three seasons before heading west to Denver for the 1995-96 season. His past also includes broadcasting experience in baseball, basketball and soccer.
Kelly, born in Canada, is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.