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"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.