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Thomas E."Tom" Mees (October 13, 1949 – August 14, 1996) was an American sportscaster best known for his play-by-play of professional and collegiate ice hockey and for being a prominent personality on ESPN
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during that network's early years.[1][2]

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1 Early life and career 2 ESPN 3 Death 4 References 5 External links

Early life and career[edit] Born in Springfield, Pennsylvania[3] Mees began his career as a student at the University of Delaware
University of Delaware
in Newark. After graduation in 1972, he became the sports director at WILM-AM
WILM-AM
radio in Wilmington.[4] Mees returned to Delaware in 1992 when he announced the Blue Hens' America East Championship for ESPN
ESPN
from the field house. After six years in Wilmington and one year at WECA-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, Mees was hired by ESPN
ESPN
as one of their first on-air personalities for the network's launch in 1979 on September 7.[2][4] In 2005, he was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. ESPN[edit] Mees was a lead anchor on SportsCenter
SportsCenter
from 1979 to 1987 when he took on play-by-play duties for NHL games on ESPN. ESPN
ESPN
later lost the NHL contract to SportsChannel America and Mees returned full-time to SportsCenter. When the NHL returned to ESPN
ESPN
in 1992-93, Mees worked NHL games during the season and hosted SportsCenter
SportsCenter
in the off-season. Mees was an early advocate of NCAA Ice Hockey on ESPN, and helped the growth of the Frozen Four
Frozen Four
(NCAA Hockey's championship tournament) into its national status today. Other sports Mees called for ESPN
ESPN
included college basketball, college football, and Major League Baseball. He also anchored the network's coverage of the United States
United States
Football League in the 1980s. By the 15th anniversary of ESPN, Mees was one of three, along with Chris Berman
Chris Berman
and Bob Ley, original SportsCenter
SportsCenter
anchors still with the network.[5] Death[edit] On August 14, 1996, Mees, who did not know how to swim, drowned in a neighbor's swimming pool in Southington, Connecticut.[6][7] At first, police said Mees had jumped into the pool to save his daughter, Gabrielle. They later retracted that account, saying they did not know how Mees ended up in the water and that Gabrielle had not been in it. He left behind Michelle, his wife of almost ten years and two daughters: Lauren, who was eight years old and Gabrielle, who was four.[8][9] References[edit]

^ Raissman, Bob (August 16, 1996). "Mees' fingerprints on ESPN
ESPN
from network's dubious start". Toledo blade. (Ohio). (New York Daily News). p. 32.  ^ a b Kern, Mike (December 3, 1988). " ESPN
ESPN
show set standard". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder Newspapers. p. B3.  ^ Find A Grave ^ a b " ESPN
ESPN
sportscaster Mees drowns in pool accident". Ludington Daily News. (Michigan). Associated Press. August 15, 1996. p. 12.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
celebrates 15 years". Beaver County Times. (Pennsylvania). wire services. September 2, 1994. p. B2.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
announcer dead after swimming accident". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. August 15, 1996. p. 3D.  ^ SAD ENDINGS RECENT DEATHS HIT HOME ^ Moreau, Carolyn (August 16, 1996). "Death of ESPN
ESPN
sportscaster called accidental drowning". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 10, 2016.  ^ "Drowning listed as cause of Mees' death". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. August 16, 1996. p. 4C. 

External links[edit] Tom Mees at Find a Grave

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