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Legendary NHL Broadcaster Bob Cole Passes Away at 90



Bob Cole, whose iconic voice resonated through Canadian hockey arenas for over fifty years, has passed away at the age of 90.

He died in his hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland, surrounded by his family including his daughter, Megan Cole, confirmed CBC News. Cole, known for his legendary calls, was a beloved figure in the NHL.

From his commentary on historic moments like Paul Henderson‘s Summit Series goal to his emotional sign-off after a career full of Stanley Cup finals, Cole’s voice became synonymous with hockey in Canada.

Players and fans alike cherished his signature phrases like “Oh, baby!” and his ability to capture the essence of the game.

The hockey community, including stars like Steven Stamkos and John Tavares, paid tribute to his impact on the sport.

Cole’s broadcasting journey started in St. John's and took him to national games with CBC Radio before transitioning to television, where he became a mainstay on Hockey Night in Canada.

His unmatched storytelling ability shone through various sporting events, from NHL games to memorable Olympic moments.

Remembered for his versatility, Cole’s influence extended beyond sports; he lent his voice to television series like Republic of Doyle and served as a quiz master on Reach for the Top.

Amidst accolades like the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and his Order of Canada recognition, Cole remained humble, attributing his success to his love for the game and his dedication to storytelling.

The loss of a broadcasting legend like Bob Cole leaves a void in the hearts of hockey fans across the country, immortalizing his voice as an integral part of the Canadian sports landscape.

Rachel Adams

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