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     See what you think about this, a development from Tuesday’s play-by-play announcement:

Red Rock Radio Corp. said Wednesday that Tuesday’s news of a play-by-play hiring for Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey games was a bit premature.

Former UMD play-by-play voice Bruce Ciskie of Proctor did sign a contract and left it at the Red Rock offices on Lake Avenue South, yet vice-president and general manager Shawn Skramstad said Wednesday that no deal has been formally completed.

“We are still in talks with other individuals and will make an announcement soon,” Skramstad said.

UMD and Red Rock Radio agreed last month on a one-year contract moving football and men’s hockey to KQDS-AM 1490, The Fan. UMD men’s hockey had been with Midwest Communications, on KDAL-AM 610, or KHQG-FM 102.5 the past 49 years.

Ciskie, 32, was UMD’s radio play-by-play announcer for more than three years, before his position as Midwest Communications sports director was eliminated last November. He was replaced for the second half of the 2008-09 season by Jeff Papas of Cloquet.

Ciskie didn’t want to comment on the situation Wednesday but did write on his blog about his signing:

“I have indeed signed on to return as play-by-play announcer for UMD men’s hockey. I have to offer my unending gratitude to the folks at Red Rock for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get to work.”

During Wednesday programming, The Fan ran a promotional advertisement for UMD hockey using some of Ciskie’s play-by-play clips.

UMD’s season opens Oct. 3 with a home exhibition game against the University of British Columbia.