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April 5, 2019 9:23 am  #1


Bob Cole Ends 50 Year Hockey Broadcasting Career With Final Game

The veteran broadcaster's final game on Saturday seems only appropriate - the Leafs vs. the Canadiens. He's been doing it for an amazing 50 years, which I think puts him longer at his post than the legendary Foster Hewitt.

Half a century. That's quite a run in any business, but especially broadcasting. 

Cole humbled by attention to final 'Hockey Night in Canada' broadcast

 

April 5, 2019 11:08 am  #2


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Last week, on HNIC, I heard his call of the Paul Henderson winning goal in the 1972 Canada/Russia Series for CBC radio.  I was struck by how similar it sounded to the Foster Hewitt television version.

Bob and Harry Neale were excellent on HNIC back in the nineties.  The broadcast was never quite the same after Harry left to do commentary for the Buffalo Sabres broadcasts.

 

April 5, 2019 3:09 pm  #3


Re: Bob Cole Ends 50 Year Hockey Broadcasting Career With Final Game

SO many nights spent listening to Bob.  I really enjoyed the games with him and Harry Neale.  Neale's sense of humour kept cracking Bob up all the time.  It's a well deserved retirement but I get the feeling Cole would do 50 more if they let him.
 

 

April 5, 2019 3:19 pm  #4


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Agreed, Cole is a legend and a gentleman.  He and Neale were a great team (so was Bowen/Neale).  Bob has called nearly every important game i've ever watched.  Did i read somewhere that he is or is thinking about calling minor games in NL?

 

April 5, 2019 11:17 pm  #5


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A true legend.  He will be missed; but 50 years; or half a century of doing your job well is indeed a long time.  Not enough for us fans of Mr. Cole.

 

April 6, 2019 6:14 pm  #6


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Bob Cole was, quite simply, one of the best. Ever.

 

April 6, 2019 6:29 pm  #7


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classy HNIC tribute.  not over the top mushy.  i particularly liked McLean's personal story after about Bob's fondness for Signal Hill..