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Bob Cole legendary NHL announcer for CNC at the announce desk for a game in Toronto
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Legendary voice of the NHL Bob Cole passes away at age 90

Published April 25, 2024 at 2:00 PM

A legend in NHL Broadcast history passed away at the age of 90 years old Wednesday night surrounded by his family.

Known in Canada as the soundtrack to the NHL on Saturday night, Bob Cole's broadcast career spanned over 5 decades.

Cole's daughter Megan made a statement to CNC after the passing of her father, thanking fans for the love they have for Cole.

"Thank you for decades of love for his work, love of Newfoundland and love of hockey,

Bob Cole's signature phrase 'Oh, Baby!' was well known amongst fans and players alike.

Cole retired in 2019, and his last call was one for two teams in the original six, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadians.

Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning commented after that game,

"His voice is iconic. It's all I associated with watching hockey growing up. He has a close spot in a lot of Canadians' hearts over the years,"

Here are some of Bob Cole's iconic calls in the NHL.

"That was the guy you grew up listening to."
Leafs captain John Tavares said after his retirement.

Cole admitted to still getting goosebumps into his 80's when he would step into the broadcast booth. Cole was known for calling one of Canada's most famous plays in sports history, Paul Henderson's Summit Series goal in 1972, against the Soviet Union.


Bob Cole will be missed by all who love the sport of hockey.

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