Medicine Hat Tigers announce retirement of legendary hockey broadcaster Bob Ridley


The voice of the Western Hockey League‘s Medication Hat Tigers is hanging up his microphone, the group introduced Tuesday.

“For 52 years, Bob Ridley was the voice of the Medication Hat Tigers,” the group tweeted. “Bob will likely be vastly missed and we want him all the very best on his retirement.”

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In 2021, Ridley hit a formidable broadcasting milestone, calling his 4,000th WHL recreation. He instructed World Information on the time that since changing into the Tigers’ broadcaster, he solely missed one recreation in additional than 50 years.

READ MORE: Legendary WHL broadcaster Bob Ridley hits 4,000 recreation mark

In line with CHAT Information, who Ridley additionally labored for, the broadcaster missed all however one recreation of the 2021-22 season as a result of he needed to bear most cancers therapies. Ridley instructed CHAT Information that the expertise gave him a very long time to suppose and he realized “possibly it’s time to again away.” He indicated he wished to have the ability to spend extra time with household and buddies.

“I simply although it was the best time,” he instructed CHAT Information.

Click to play video: 'Behind the Game: Bob Ridley, 76, the broadcaster and driver with the Medicine Hat Tigers'

Behind the Recreation: Bob Ridley, 76, the broadcaster and driver with the Medication Hat Tigers

Behind the Recreation: Bob Ridley, 76, the broadcaster and driver with the Medication Hat Tigers – Jun 28, 2020

In Februrary 2021, the WHL acknowledged Ridley’s spectacular profession by unveiling the newly-created Bob Ridley Award for Media Excellence.

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“I’ve been very lucky to have that zeal that love for the sport,” Ridley instructed World Information in 2021.

“That’s what’s sort of saved me going all these years and I hope I can do it a short while longer, for goodness sakes. In spite of everything, that’s what it’s been all about.”

Ridley was not merely a broadcaster with Medication Hat’s WHL membership. He additionally spent many years pulling double responsibility, driving the Tigers’ group bus whereas additionally calling the group’s video games.

READ MORE: Behind the Recreation: Life behind each the microphone and the wheel

In 2011, Ridley was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Corridor of Fame and in 2019 he was inducted into the Western Affiliation of Broadcasters Corridor of Fame.

–With information from Cami Kepke, World Information

© 2022 World Information, a division of Corus Leisure Inc.

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