He has done the play-by-play for some of hockey's best-remembered games, including the Summit Series, Canada's gold-medal game in Salt Lake City, and twenty years of Stanley Cup finals. Read more...
He has done the play-by-play for some of hockey's best-remembered games, including the Summit Series, Canada's gold-medal game in Salt Lake City, and twenty years of Stanley Cup finals. The infectious excitement in his voice, his boyish love of the game, and his uncanny ability to anticipate the play have earned him the affection of generations of fans, induction into the Hall of Fame, and the unofficial title of best hockey broadcaster ever.
Now, for the first time, readers will see Cole at the centre of the story rather than watching it from the broadcast booth. We meet the young man growing up in Newfoundland in the years before it joins Canada. We see him talk his way into Foster Hewitt's office and into his first job. And of course we see some of the most cherished players in the game backstage: on the plane back from Russia in 1972, rubbing elbows with Bobby Orr; in the hallway on the old Montreal Forum, running into Jean Beliveau; meeting young players like Steve Stamkos, who grew up listening to him on Hockey Night in Canada.
Written with the expert help of massively bestselling author and respected broadcaster Stephen Brunt, these stories come to life with the charm and detail of a conversation with Cole. They sound like Cole.
No one has been closer to the game over the years than Cole, and no one is more closely associated with all we love about the game than the man whose eyes we've seen it though. Now we will see so much more through those same eyes and in that unforgettable voice.
- ISBN-13: 9780670070121
- ISBN-10: 0670070122
- Publisher: Viking
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 272
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Hardcore hockey fans diving into Coles memoir will need patience. The longtime voice of CBCs Hockey Night in Canada, now in his 80s, spins wonderful yarns, but his charmed lifethat turned out to be a pretty lucky roadhas been about far more than sticks and pucks. Besides his radio and television gigs, including hosting a long-running quiz show, and his family life, theres much ink spent on Coles love of flying, his curling career, the fishery he ran, and his love of all things Newfoundland and Labrador. The target audience will want the hockey stories, and there the payoff is truly grand. There are fascinating tales from the 1972 Summit Series, where Cole almost didnt do the radio play-by-play; details of the Soviet Red Army leaving the ice in Philadelphia in 1976; getting to know player/coach Toe Blake; and babysitting Wayne Gretzkys daughter Paulina. Cole also shares the advice he got from broadcasting legends Foster Hewitt and Danny Gallivan. Coles career as a broadcaster continues, and its a pretty safe bet that he could have shared more hockey stories. Readers will hope he does so in a future volume. (Oct.)