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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
As yet another NHL season unfolds, Cole has published his memoirs. Now I’m Catching On (Viking) was written with fellow Rogers employee Stephen Brunt, a former Globe and Mail columnist, who captures Cole’s voice. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is some sort of swan song. Cole is the kind of guy who thinks Vin Scully took early retirement when he made his final broadcast last month at the age of 89.
“I haven’t thought about retirement. Ever,” Cole said. “It never occurred to me. It’s part of my life. If you took it away from me there would be a void for sure. What would I do?”
Right now, Cole isn’t doing much aside from book interviews and calling games on Hockey Night. He tore the meniscus in his one good knee on Monday (his other knee is a replacement job installed years ago) while he was fishing for Atlantic salmon in Labrador. He is getting around with the help of a cane but expects to be fishing again before too long.
Cole’s life-long passion for fishing is just one of the many aspects of his life, which most people do not know about, revealed in the book. He’s never been one to talk about himself publicly, preferring to fly to his assignment from his native St. John’s on a Friday, call the game on Saturday and fly home on Sunday.
from Robin Short of The Telegram,
Bob Cole has been calling National Hockey League games since 1969, but long before he reached the NHL, Cole was honing his craft while broadcasting games in Newfoundland. Robin Short writes that Cole, whose memoir is being launched today, is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen....
The Hockey Night in Canada Hall of Fame broadcaster speaks of painting a picture for the listeners and viewers, reminding the audience the Canadiens are in the red jerseys skating from left to right, the Leafs dressed in white.
It’s the stuff he learned from the great Foster Hewitt.
“Flow, that’s the word,” Cole writes. “Foster said, ‘Feel and flow.’ I use that now when I talk to guys about broadcasting.
“You’ve got to smell it. You’ve got to feel the game.”
Perhaps it’s entirely coincidental, but the brilliant Vin Scully called it a career last weekend after 67 years talking Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. Four days later, Cole — who will enter his 48th winter behind the mike doing NHL games — has the book release.
Using that parameter to draw a comparison between the two is perhaps a stretch, so instead we’ll get down to brass tacks: like Scully, who called the summer pastime like no one else, Cole is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen.
Better than Hewitt. Better than Danny Gallivan.
from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,
How many playoff games do you figure you’ve called?
I knew you were gonna ask me that. And I haven’t got a clue. Just think about it — my first game was in ’69, right? I wouldn’t know how to go about that. The most you can do is 28 games in a playoff year. I think maybe I did that once.
How good were you at your job when you first started doing play-by-play? It seems like a tough job. And when did you feel like you were really good at it?
It is a tough job. All I can say is, it’s something competitive, it’s something very difficult to do. That seems to be my whole life. How come I’m doing this? How come I’m here? The harder it gets, the more I’ll try to do it. I grew up always wanting to do this. There’s a word that you could apply; I think ‘feel’ is the word. You gotta try to feel it. I don’t know if you can teach that or suggest that to somebody, but I think you gotta get it yourself. And I think I’ve got it. I feel it. I think it comes out in what I’m saying during a game.
via Hometown Hockey,
The legendary broadcasters talk to George Stroumboulopoulos about the great Jean Beliveau.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
A look, or should we say, a listen to the some of the greatest and most memorable calls so far in the 40 plus year career of legendary hockey announcer Bob Cole.
Hockey Night in Canada issued good news about a broadcasting legend before tonight's Kings-Hawks game, as the National Post's Sean Fitz-Gerald notes:
One of the most famous, polarizing and experienced voices in Canadian sports will return for at least one more hockey season, with Ron MacLean announcing play-by-play veteran Bob Cole will be back behind the microphone with Hockey Night in Canada.
The issue had been in doubt since the CBC lost all rights to the NHL late last year, when Rogers Communications Inc. reshaped the broadcast landscape with a 12-year deal worth $5.2-billion. The public broadcaster has a four-year sublicense to carry NHL games, but has surrendered all editorial control.
Cole did not immediately address the news. He was calling Game 7 of the Western Conference final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. Terms were not made clear, with MacLean making the announcement moments before the game.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
His voice sounds like childhood, like staying up past bedtime, like wearing out the front edge of the family couch.
And we’ll get to hear it one more time, at least.
Since the legendary Foster Hewitt passed away in 1985, hockey’s most recognizable play-by-play voice has belonged to Robert Cecil Cole, who broadcasted at least one game of the Stanley Cup Final from 1980 through 2008.
Cole will turn 81 next month. With age and accuracy heading in opposite directions, he has slipped to Hockey Night in Canada‘s second line, behind the razor-sharp Jim Hughson, 57. And now his future in the booth is in doubt.
Last night, George posted Cole's call of Chicago's game winning, OT goal and below, watch the same call with a camera focused on Bob Cole...
A amazing fact about Cole I read last night, he's called 144 OT games in his NHL career as a broadcaster.
The Los Angeles Kings rallied from a 3-1 first-period deficit to tie Chicago 4-4, and the teams played a fast, frenetic first overtime--including eight minutes sans a whistle--but "chasing hockey is losing hockey," especially over the course of a marathon game, and in the end, Chicago forced Game 6 via the glacial Michal Handzus scoring the 5-4 goal 2:06 into double OT.
Here's Bob Cole with the call:
Bob Cole will hang up the headphones when this series is over, and while this Red Wings fan isn't thrilled to see the defending champs live to die another day, I sure hope that the CBC pays proper tribute to Cole on Friday. They've got the time and the 9 PM start to get gushy about the 80-year-old legend.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
“You know? The good Lord has been a friend of mine; he’s looked after me up to this point, and I still talk to Him fairly often — and I guess it’s up to Him,” he said. “It’s not up to me. It’s up to a lot of people, really.”
Cole was speaking with host Andi Petrillo in an interview aired on the CBC’s website, as the ground around the flagship hockey program continued to shift. Starting next season, a new organization will be in charge of Hockey Night, and new faces will appear.
“I’d like to keep going,” Cole told Petrillo. “I feel good. I love the game. I still get passionate. I still get butterflies. If any of that changed, I’d think about packing it in. But maybe they’ll get rid of me before I get rid of myself.”
added 1:53pm, Added the CBC Hockey Hangout with Bob Cole, watch/listen below...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The owner of the voice that just sounds like hockey waits for a telephone call that may never come.
A courtesy call, maybe. A welcoming call. A call out of sheer respect for who he is and what he’s done. Something from his old bosses, his current bosses, maybe the new people who are taking over.
Something to let Bob Cole know anything about today and tomorrow in a broadcast world still swirling from the $5.2-billion Rogers deal that knocked so many people, so many networks, for a loop.
“No one has called me,” said Cole, the voice of Saturday night for so many of our lives, talking on the telephone. “I thought somebody might call, tell me something, say hello, you know...
“Everybody is telling me how I’m supposed to feel about this — ‘Are you upset about this? What does it mean for you?’
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Why subject yourself to the grind of the travel and the work after all these years, when you could be enjoying retirement, fishing or golfing somewhere?
BC: “I love doing this. This is great. I don’t ever want to stop this. Now, somebody’s going to stop me someday by saying: ‘No, we don’t want you anymore.’ And when that day comes, I guess I don’t have any choice. I’m gone. But as far as wanting to leave, if I don’t enjoy doing this, or if I have some kind of difficulty — please God that that doesn’t happen — and I can’t do it, OK. But as long as I can do it and the fans can enjoy the game, I’m certainly going to enjoy the game.”
"I'm an anti-Hab? Am I really? I suppose I take that as a compliment. They're crazy. I can tell you that right now. That's nuts. I've been through the Edmonton years, and I loved it, and the Islanders years, and that was great. And then Boston with Bobby (Orr) and the rest of them. The Canadiens, The Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio. They came down and visited Newfoundland and we went fishing together. Are you kidding? There's no way I can favour one team. I do the games. And I get excited. I love it.
"Those people are way out in left field. No way. Can't be done. I couldn't do it."
-Bob Cole of Hockey Night in Canada when asked if he or the CBC might have an anti-Habs bias. More on this topic from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
On some nights, it seems to slice into the very fabric of the country. Canadians, watching the same broadcast, hear two very different voices. Some hear a man lost, wandering two steps behind the play, in a game that has passed him by. Others evangelize the voice of a legend.
And now, in the age of Twitter, it is possible to watch the two sides fight in real time.
They fight over Bob Cole.
A long-time lead announcer for Hockey Night in Canada, Cole made his playoff debut in Montreal on Thursday, calling Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final between the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators. Garry Galley was his colour analyst.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
There is much about the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs that is unusual. Not the least of which is the prospect of Phoenix meeting New Jersey in the “Insolvent versus In Chapter 11” final series. But one tradition has endured into another playoff year: Bob Cole calling games for Hockey Night In Canada.
Not everyone is cheered by this, of course. While Cole still has the booming church-organ pipes, his recall of names and faces leaves a number of fans boiling. On the “either you love him or hate him” barometer Cole ranks right up there with Pierre McGuire and Greg Millen in terms of response. He’s the link to HNIC’s glorious past, but many of our correspondents feel he should already be a part of that past now.
continued plus more NHL topics related to broadcasting…
from Scott Morrison of CBC,
Think of the great Canadian hockey play-by-play announcers and Cole is at the top with the late Foster Hewitt and Danny Gallivan. It would pain the humble Cole to hear it, but he has become a Canadian hockey icon in his own right and he is the broadcast wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Part of what makes him so special, of course, on and off the air, is that Bob doesn’t realize he is an icon and would never think he was the show, that he was bigger than the game. Cole has never forgotten, and likes to remind you that people tune in to watch the game, and he is just glad to be able to call it.
Sometimes, sadly, we tend to take for granted the good things in our lives, or not realize how special they are until they’re gone. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case on Wednesday in Toronto, when the native of St. John’s, Nfld., was honoured by Sport Media Canada with a career achievement award.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
For a guy who comes across as fairly mild-mannered, Bob Cole sure provokes some strong reactions.
After I wrote Friday about CBC Sports head Scott Moore’s praise for the long-time hockey play-by-play announcer and plans to bring him back next year, several readers expressed their belief that praise for Cole was long overdue.
One called his work “magic.”
On the other hand, several wondered if Moore was either deaf, blind or suffering from some cognitive disorder to claim that Cole had “added value” to CBC’s playoff coverage.
If CBC thinks Cole is good enough to return next season, that is fine with me.
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
It’s great to see the CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada giving Bob Cole an important NHL playoff assignment. Bob has been more than a little sour about his forced semi-retirement, so he should be bucked up by getting the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins series, arguably Hockey Night’s lead match-up in the first round.
“He is a Canadian broadcast legend. I used to tell Bob that if the players took the game as seriously as he did, the games would be much better.
“He taught me to take the job seriously. My duties were to try and get him to laugh by the time the night was over.”
-Harry Neale on Bob Cole. More from Neale at the Toronto Sun.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
This will not be announced or acknowledged until well after the fact, but Bob Cole is calling his last Stanley Cup final for the CBC.
The veteran announcer’s future with Hockey Night in Canada is a sensitive subject that management will not discuss.
But sources close to CBC Sports say Cole’s assignments next season will not include the NHL’s championship series, although he will continue to call regular-season games.
continued… with mention that, as expected, Jim Hughson will be in Cole’s seat for the finals in 2009
Another article on Cole was noted on KK earlier today, praising his work in this year’s playoffs.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
In an interview this week, we asked Cole how he felt about the criticism.
“When you pick up the paper, and you get ripped, well, okay, you have to live with it,” he said. “But you have to keep saying to yourself, well, maybe the whole world isn’t thinking this way. Then you get reassured when you meet hockey fans and they’re so kind to you. That makes you feel good.”
Despite criticisms that he misidentifies players too often, Cole’s work this season has received kudos from people in the business.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Bob Cole is enjoying one of his best years in broadcasting. He wants to continue as Hockey Night In Canada’s lead play-by-play voice and has no intention of retiring.
That is the message Cole’s agent Elliott Kerr will take to Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, when the two meet next month to discuss Cole’s future.
“Bob wants to keep going and has no desire to retire,” Kerr said Friday.