There are those voices in sports broadcasting that we will never forget.
Jack Buck and Vin Scully in baseball, Don Wittman and Pat Summerall in football, and Bob Cole in hockey.
Bob isn’t quite finished yet, but he has just a handful of games remaining in the first half of this NHL season before he says good bye.
On Saturday, the Ottawa Senators recognized Cole for his 50 years of work on Hockey Night in Canada. It was a touching tribute as coaches clapped, players raised their sticks and fans stood for the man in the broadcast booth.
Cole, who is a pilot and an accomplished curler, has had unique descriptions of events that no other broadcaster could come up with. He had the radio call of Paul Henderson’s Summit Series goal in 1972. In 1976 the Russians were “going home” one night in Philadelphia, and in 1993 his call of Doug Gilmour’s double overtime playoff goal still gives me chills.
The players will keep on playing and the fans will keep on coming out to watch the game in arenas around the league.
Somehow hockey on TV isn’t going to be the same without Bob Cole.