BUFFALO — Have you seen the pre-game show for the Vegas Golden Knights?
If you haven't, you probably should. For its Stanley Cup run, there have been a series of wildly-popular, completely over-the-top pre-game productions which scream, VEGAS!
There are bright lights, loud music, drum lines, costumed knights swinging swords...and the narration for these crowd-pumping performances includes lines like:
“Fate has chosen our opponent. The battle… begins…NOW!”
That voice echoing through T-Mobile Arena? None other than western New York native Eileen Dugan.
How did she get the job? The gig came to her in the form of a question she got one day from the voice-over company Dugan does work for.
"'Can do you a Judi Dench-y, Game of Thrones-y, kind of fairytale thing?' And I’m like ‘sure' because I’ve done a lot of British dialect sort of work over the years. So, I went in and I read and they liked what I did."
And faster than you can say Vegas Strip, Dugan was the golden voice of the Golden Knights pre-game spectaculars. You should know, she is not the biggest of hockey fans. She follows the Buffalo Sabres, a bit.
Dugan has not been out to see the Vegas shows. She records her lines here. They are plugged into the performance there.
But Dugan has watched the productions on YouTube.
“When you see the commentary, some people think it’s the cheesiest, craziest thing ever. And others, particularly Vegas, people think it’s the most awesome, amazing, Vegas-thing ever," says Dugan.
Would she travel to Vegas to deliver her lines in-person.
Dugan responds, "I have my own medieval costume."
And for long-suffering Sabres fans who may be interested in borrowing some the Golden Knights playoff magic, Dugan is not under any exclusive contract.
"Have ‘em give me a call,” says Dugan with a smile.