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Iit wasn’t a Wings/Canadiens game on Hockey Night in Canada without Dany Gallivan.

via Wikipedia,

Gallivan was known for his colourful descriptions of action on the ice. Hard shots became “cannonading drives”; saves were “scintillating” or “larcenous” rather than merely spectacular; and, after a save, pucks tended to get caught in a goalie’s “paraphernalia” (goalie equipment). If the goaltender made a fantastic or impossible save, he would refer to it as a “hair raising save” or that the goalie “kicked out his pad in rapier-like fashion” to foil a “glorious scoring opportunity”. He would use words such as “anemic” to describe an ineffective offense or powerplay. He also coined phrases like “nowhere near the net”, when a shot would go wide, comment that “there has not been a multitudinous amount of shots” to describe a game with a “dire dearth” of shots on net, would mention that a defender was “wasting valuable seconds in the penalty” when they were ragging the puck, and would almost always announce, “and the penalty has expired!” at the end of a penalty. The ultimate Gallivanism was a word he coined: the “spinarama,” which described a player evading a check or when a player would deke a defender with a sudden 180- or 360-degree turn. Its chief practitioner was Montreal Canadiens defenceman, Serge Savard, so that the move was also known as “The Savardian Spinarama”. Many players were also known to “dipsy-doodle” with the puck, or come out of their own zone “rather gingerly”.

Like many hockey announcers, he would often shout when a goal was scored, but louder with the Montreal Canadiens. On the down-side, his style was unmodulated, nearly always intense, so that a near goal towards the end of a 7-1 game sounded similar as that of a 2-1 game.

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Red Winger's avatar

Dany Gallivan, the best hockey play-by-play guy, ever, in my humble opinion.

Hockey Night in Canada was a weekly ritual in our house growing up. It didn’t matter what you were doing beforehand, once game time arrived we all gathered around the T.V.

Between periods my brothers and I would rush down the basement, grab our sticks and tennis ball, and reenact plays we witnessed during the previous period. And, the brother that wasn’t shooting or playing goal was the one imitating Dany Gallivan call the play.

Awesome, awesome memories.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/25/12 at 08:20 PM ET

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