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Sports Hockey icon Bob Cole postpones call on Sportsnet offer for next season

02:35  07 june  2018
02:35  07 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Bob Cole , seen here in this 2003 file photo, could be in line to call some games for Hockey Night in Canada next season , according to a top Sportsnet executive. (Hans Deryk / Toronto Star).

Page 1 of 8. 1 ← 2 3 4 5 6 → 8 Next . “ Bob Cole is, without doubt, one of the greatest broadcasters in hockey history and an icon in Canadian television,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers Media, said in a statement.


Bob Cole, longtime play-by-play voice of Hockey Night in Canada, wasn’t part of Sportsnet’s Stanley Cup plans and his broadcasting future is in limbo.© Hans Deryk Bob Cole, longtime play-by-play voice of Hockey Night in Canada, wasn’t part of Sportsnet’s Stanley Cup plans and his broadcasting future is in limbo. If the smartphone didn’t give it away with caller ID, it would still have been unmistakable who was at the other end of the line.

Bob Cole, in his distinctive cadence, called to say that, yes, he’s disappointed not to be calling the Stanley Cup playoffs for Hockey Night In Canada.

“Quite disappointed,” Cole told the Star. “It’s hard to get over it, really. It’s just constantly there. I miss it.”

Why wouldn’t he? Soon to be 85, Cole’s is an iconic voice, the way it rises and falls with the flow of the game. His critics say he’s past his prime, that he misidentifies players. But his lines — “Oh, baby,” “This … Is … Playoff … Hockey” and the occasional “Everything is happening” — are part of the fabric of the game for so many.

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“I love the kind of work I’ve been doing, seeing the guys. (Golden Knights coach Gerard) Gallant is a good friend. Was looking forward to at least saying hello. Just missing the playoffs. I miss it,” said Cole.

When Rogers held its Up Front promotion Tuesday — highlighting what’s to come on the television side next season — Sportsnet president of NHL properties Scott Moore expressed an interest in having Cole return for another season, possibly to celebrate special occasions. Cole said he isn’t sure about that.

“Things are up in the air and I don’t know what their plans are,” said Cole. “They said to me: Come and do a game. I don’t know. I don’t think I’m interested. I don’t know.

“Sure, I would love to be working again. I feel I can still work. I don’t think my voice has changed. It’s as strong as it’s ever been, thank goodness. We’ll see what they do. Hopefully they’ll be calling me, but they’re pretty busy now with the Stanley Cup.”

Moore expects Cherry to return next season

  Moore expects Cherry to return next season Moore expects Cherry to return next seasonThey flew in to Winnipeg last year before driving together to Kenora, Ont., for a Hockey Day in Canada event.

Ask Sportsnet president Scott Moore about hockey commentator Don Cherry and one memorable road trip immediately comes to Long-time host Ron MacLean, 58, remains under contract for next season . Moore said the door is open for the part-time return of long-time play-by-play man Bob Cole .

“For me, Bob has always been a huge part of simply enjoying a hockey game for years,” said Sportsnet ’s Dave Randorf, who is calling the Vegas-Los Angeles series in the first round. Cole isn’t sure whether he will be back in the booth next season .

Cole was far from sour. He said he understood Moore’s decision, especially because Sportsnet has amassed a great deal of play-by-play talent since it assumed the role of national broadcaster.

“They can’t keep everybody happy,” said Cole. “They have a tough job to pick and choose. I have to respect their thinking. The show goes on. They’re good.

“They have a tough job choosing, they have so many guys now. Can’t please everybody. Unfortunately, I was the guy out. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. Scott’s got a tough job to do. I respect what they’re doing. Hopefully over the summer they’ll change their tune a little bit and give me a call.”

Fire crews back in Cole Harbour, N.S., woods to monitor fire .
Fire crews went back into the woods near Cole Harbour, N.S., at first light Monday morning to battle a fire that forced the evacuation of 10 homes overnight. The fire is burning on a 20-hectare area south of Bissett Lake, said Natural Resources spokesperson Bruce Nunn. He said 25 Natural Resources staffers are working on the fire. He was unsure of how many Halifax Regional Municipality staffers were at the site. The fire is thought to have started near the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole Harbour. CBC reporters Brett Ruskin and Paul Palmeter, sent to the area, said they couldn't see any signs of smoke early Monday morning.

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