Welcome to the Trenton Titans’ “BRONCTIONARY”, named after our play-by-play man, Daryle Dobos (aka “The Bronc.”)  

Before we continue, an explanation of the nickname: As you may have heard, Daryle has a unique way of going to commercial on our flagship station, WRRC 107.7 FM and commonly referred to as “The Bronc”. Titans Head Coach Vince Williams, upon hearing Daryle end his pregame interviews by emphasizing “The Bronc”, gave him the nickname. Soon all the players and Titans staff picked up on it and a persona was born!

As many of you have heard, Daryle has a way all his own when calling games. Hockey can be tough enough to follow, but add the vocal stylings of The Bronc and it definitely becomes a unique experience!

Since we have a tough enough time understanding him, consider The Bronctionary a Titans Broadcasting-101 cheat sheet to enjoy the game even more!

So next time you hear Daryle open his mouth during a Titans game, if you find yourself asking – “What did he say?” – just pull out your Bronctionary. You will be glad you did!

And as always…Thanks for allowing us through your doors and between your ears!


Atop Mount Olympus – Where mythological gods watch titans do battle. Also the broadcast booth at the Sun National Bank Center where Daryle calls the home games.

Clean Sheet Of Ice – when a goalie has a clear look at a shot, usually a hard shot from above the circles (also see Screen Door).

Clear The Porch – an act by the defense to remove either a player or the puck from the crease.

Close Escrow – to finish off a win when holding a lead after two periods.

Concentrated Contempt – can be used anytime two teams dislike each other, but mainly happens when the same teams have several meetings over a short period of time (usually applied to division rivals).

Failing Physics – based on an Instant Classic call against Wheeling. Refers to any event that is deemed impossible to have happened – primarily for a shot ruled a goal that by all appearances could not have crossed the goalline (for any number of reasons).

Fly By – used whenever the offense blows by the goalie at high speed in an effort to distract or “move” him from his spot.  This also considered “Buzzing the Tower.”

Heavy Metal Music – a goalie’s favorite music. When a shot rings off the goalpost/crossbar and stays out. A list of performing bands tends to follow (AC/DC, Metallica, etc).

Heavy Starch – an absolute bullet of a shot that doesn’t deviate up, down or sideways. Baseball calls it a “frozen rope” (also see Unstarched).

John Daly – a full-force slap shot off a loose puck or one-timer. Also referred to with Grip It And Rip It.

Mr. Softie Special – said after allowing a “soft” goal. Used in honor of a great ice cream truck company that brought soft-serve to Daryle’s neighborhood as a child.

Man In Orange – also the Man in the Orange Stripes or Bands. He’s the referee.

Pitch & Catch – borrowed (stolen?) from Bill Clement and the EA Sports NHL series. Used when 2 players make several passes back and forth to each other.

Rocket – There are two types of rockets:

1)   Bottle Rocket – a slap shot goal that hits the goalie’s water bottle.

2)   Hozzle Rocket – primarily on a slap shot that misses the net by a wide margin. A borrowed golf term used when the ball is hit deep on the heel of the club face and goes wild. The connection of the club head to the shaft is the “hozzle”.

Screen Door – the screen set in front a goalie (by either team). If he saves it the goalie is said to have “seen it through the screen door”.

Taxi Dancing – like a New York cabbie in traffic, its when a player weaves between players down the middle of the ice.

Unstarched – a player after hitting the ice from a vicious check.

War Room – the area in front of the goalie between the crease and slot where the offense tries to set screens & bang home rebounds while the defense tries to clear them out.

Worm Burner – another baseball term. Like baseball, it describes a hard hit shot that stays down, hugging the ice.