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Bob Cole

Bob Cole

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A front-line player on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for 35 years, Bob Cole was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been honoured with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for excellence in hockey broadcasting.

Cole began as an announcer and newsreader in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1956 as the Voice of the Common Man. Four years later, he dropped off demo tapes to Hewitt in Toronto and received invaluable advice, evident in Cole's distinctive play-by-play commentating style.

The road to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada began on radio in 1969. During the Team Canada-Soviet Union summit in 1972, Hewitt made the famous call of Paul Henderson's winning goal on TV - while Cole did the same on radio. The next year, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada producer Ralph Mellanby planned to expand the show's coverage and asked Cole to join announcers Danny Gallivan and Bill Hewitt.

When Hewitt retired, Cole became the play-by-play announcer for Hockey Night in Canada games in Toronto. In 1985, Cole and game analyst Harry Neale joined forces, and continue to be one of hockey's strongest on-air teams.

In addition, Cole worked as CBC Sports' lead voice at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Hockey tournament. His was the voice heard by more than 10 million viewers during Canada's gold medal victory over the United States.

Cole resides in Topsail, Newfoundland.

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