Man Behind the Mic: Bandits announcer brings the energy year after year

Chris "Swennie" Swenson has been the voice of the Bandits for the entirety of their existence

BUFFALO, N.Y. — There’s nobody quite like Chris Swenson in the National Lacrosse League.

He’s as much of a staple of Buffalo Bandits home games as any of the players.

“He’s the best in the business,” says head coach Troy Cordingley.

“Swennie” has been behind the microphone since the Bandits’ inception in 1991-1992. For 25 years, his energetic calls have kept fans into the game minute-by-minute. His goal has been simple: keep things fun.

“My job was to try to create an atmosphere where fans had fun in the stands, they felt part of the team, and we’ve been able to do that,” Swenson says. “And a large part of that success is owed to the players, who have built a winning tradition here.”

In his 25 years announcing, Swenson has witnessed four team championships. This year, he feels a fifth is on the horizon, as the Bandits host Saskatchewan Saturday night to begin a three-game series for the Champions Cup.

“It definitely feels right,” Swenson says.

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