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Foster Hewitt: The voice falls silent

"He shoots, he scores!" With those words, legendary hockey broadcaster Foster Hewitt united Canada each Saturday night. From his inauspicious first broadcast (shouting into a telephone from a foggy glass booth in 1923) to the momentous Summit Series of 1972 and beyond, Hewitt was Canada's voice of hockey for half a century.

Foster Hewitt, Canada's original voice of hockey, has died at age 82. The hundreds of people attending his funeral today are indicative of Hewitt's far-reaching influence. As we see in this clip, hockey greats, former referees, radio listeners and television hosts all flock to pay their respects to a man who brought hockey to life for three generations of fans. 
. Foster Hewitt was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965. The Hall introduced a media award in his name, the Foster Hewitt Award for excellence in Hockey Broadcasting, in 1984 (Hewitt was named its first recipient). The award is given "in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting." The NHL Broadcasters' Association selects the winners.

. In 1972 Foster Hewitt was named to the Order of Canada. He was invested by then-governor general Roland Michener on Oct. 25, 1972. The Order of Canada listing for Foster Hewitt reads as follows: "For half a century devoted to broadcasting in Canada. His lines 'he shoots, he scores' are known from coast to coast."
. Hewitt is also a member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

. In 1989 Hewitt was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Broadcast Hall of Fame.
. Foster Hewitt was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 1985. He died in Scarborough, Ont., on April 21, 1985, at age 82. A family friend said the cause of death was "a combination of things, but his kidneys finally gave out."
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 24, 1985
Guest(s): Harry Brown, Ronald Davidson, Danny Gallivan, Red Kelly, Red Storey
Reporter: Michael McIvor
Duration: 2:08

Last updated: September 18, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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