Few broadcasters throughout the NHL’s history have had an impact like Bob Cole. Entering his 50th and final season in the booth, the long-time voice of Hockey Night in Canada has lent his call to some unforgettable hockey moments.
It is still very early in the 2018-19 season, but Saturday’s matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators marks the last time the legendary broadcaster is scheduled to call a game from the nation’s capital.
Prior the game, the Senators organization offered a classy tribute to one of the sports’ best and most legendary play-by-play announcers.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 20, 2018
All of the hockey world applauds you on a fantastic career, Mr. Bob Cole. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/0jJAipn9st
— NHL (@NHL) October 21, 2018
An absolutely incredible way to honour Cole. Even for non-Sens fans, it is hard to not get even a little nostalgic watching back some of those incredible moments.
And the stick-tap from the players to the broadcast booth was a very nice touch.
Prior to the season, the storied announcer was scheduled by Sportsnet to call 10 games — all in the first half of the season. So with this solid precedent set, we should soon see many special tributes to honour the legendary voice. Sportsnet itself has a tribute planned for Cole, which will run later in the season.
Cole’s voice has become synonymous with a Saturday night in Canada over the last half century.
It will be strange when the day his voice will no longer be set to hockey games does indeed come.
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