Daniella Ponticelli is the voice of the University Saskatchewan women’s ice hockey team, which is the first women’s program in Canada to get a full season of games broadcasted.
Daniella Ponticelli was just beginning to get into sports when she was watching a Women’s Flat Track Derby Association playoff game and heard two women broadcasting the match. That was the moment when Ponticelli decided she wanted to start doing play-by-play. Two years later, she was on the call for WFTDA playoff games.
“I was surprised that there were women on the call,” Ponticelli says. “I hadn’t really been exposed to that before. Something in me clicked and there was a moment where I said to myself, ‘I want to do that.’ I don’t know why that thought came to me, but that put the wheels in motion.”
At the time, Ponticelli had already graduated from college with a journalism degree. She never intended pursuing sports media while in school, but that began to change after she joined a roller derby league in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Having worked in broadcast media and being comfortable in front of a microphone, Ponticelli was asked to do in-house announcing at the rink and she made quite the impression. When the team traveled to Philadelphia for an All-Star event, Ponticelli was asked to make the trip and do play-by-play for the team.
These days, you can hear Ponticelli doing play-by-play for the University of Saskatchewan women’s ice hockey team, along with Katie Brickman, for the 2021–22 season. Ponticelli and Brickman are a part of a broadcast team with Pattison Media, the first private broadcast company to commit to broadcasting a full season of games for a college women’s ice hockey team in Canada.
“We are thrilled to be working so closely with the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Department,” says Wray Morrison, HuskieFAN senior producer/host and partnership coordinator with Pattison Media. “These athletes deserve big crowds, lots of scholarship opportunities, and plenty of media attention. To give major coverage to players that rightfully deserve it is very rewarding. The caliber of play in women’s hockey is fantastic and it would be great to see other university women’s programs in Canada receive this type of exposure.”
Morrison also believes that Ponticelli is a great fit for the position with her broadcasting talent and her ability to excite the fans.
“Sometimes I am overwhelmed thinking about the trust I have been given to take on this role,” Ponticelli says. “This season isn’t the first step, but it is the next step to bringing more people into the sports broadcasting world. This is something that is new for them and it’s new for me as well.”