Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network Play-by-Play Announcer
Matt Holmes is a seasoned Hamilton radio broadcaster with over 10 years of experience. He got his start in the industry in 2004 with AM 900 CHML and before joining the Hamilton Bulldogs as play-by-play announcer / communications coordinator in September of 2014, he worked as a news reporter, sports anchor and talk show host.
His depth of experience as an on-air personality also includes work as host of both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats pre-game show and the Bulldogs post-game show on CHML, as well as eight seasons of Hamilton Red Wings hockey play-by-play. Holmes was born and raised on Hamilton Mountain and is a graduate of Mohawk College.
Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network Colour Commentator
Al Craig is a 45-year broadcasting veteran and has been the Hamilton Bulldogs’ colour commentator for well over a decade. The native of Toronto, Ont. became the most recognizable sports broadcaster in Hamilton during his 23 years at CHML. Serving as the sports director for the majority of his long tenure with the station, Craig covered a wide variety of sports and leagues including the NHL, Major League Baseball, Canadian Football League, Canadian Soccer League and Ontario Hockey League. Craig has also covered a number of historical sporting events, including the 1972 Canada-Soviet Summit Series, the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, the 1992 and 1993 World Series, won by the Toronto Blue Jays, the 1997, 2003 and 2007 Calder Cup Finals, as well as numerous World Championships in a number of different sports.
In 1996, Craig became the first Hamilton Bulldogs Play-By-Play Announcer, calling numerous regular season and post-season games including the first game in franchise history, and post-season action as the team advanced to the Calder Cup Final in their inaugural season. Craig rejoined the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network in 2001 on a part-time basis, before becoming Derek Wills' full-time Colour Commentator for all home games and select away games at the start of the 2002-2003 season.
Craig has captured a number of awards for his work, including the Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice 'Sportscaster of the Year' Award. Craig, 64, resides in Grimsby, Ontario with his wife Cathy and has two sons - Ted and Grant.