Jake Schroeder, the longtime Avalanche national anthem singer, will retire after the upcoming Stanley Cup playoff games at Ball Arena, he told The Denver Post.
He said the team will introduce another singer during the playoffs as part of the transition.
Schroeder, 54, belted out his 1,000th anthem for an Avalanche game on Nov. 13 and has been performing full-time since the 1997-98 season.
“I will always be an Avs fan,” he said in a phone interview. “I’m really at an exciting place in my life and I’m really, really grateful — especially for the people at Ball Arena who are so nice to me. The fans over the years have been so kind to me.”
Schroeder, who belted out his first anthem for the Avalanche while serving as the frontman for Opie Gone Bad, intends to focus more on his family and his non-profit business, D-Day Leadership Academy in which he serves as director. His late father was a veteran and the reason the national anthem means so much to him.
“After a lot of considering and COVID being over and things for my job getting busier and busier with a program that I created and is really, really important to me, and talking to my family, 25 years and 1,000 anthems is great,” Schroeder said. “I’m really, really proud of everything I did, anthem-wise, for the Avalanche, and I think it’s time to move on. I think it’s time for them to get some new blood and move forward.
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“So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to finish up these playoffs and that will be it for me.”
Schroeder, however, said he might make a guest appearance and sing at some future Avalanche games if the club requests. He said he is unaware of who might replace him on a full-time basis.
“I’m sure they’ll be great singers and bring a lot of energy to the building,” Schroeder said.