Legendary hockey broadcaster Bob Cole will be among 46 Canadians honoured in an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Friday.
Governor-General David Johnston will preside over the ceremony.
The Order of Canada was created in 1967 “to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.”
Cole, 83, began calling hockey games for CBC Radio in 1969. The native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, joined the Hockey Night in Canada television crew as an announcer in 1973. Cole continues to call games for Sportsnet.
Cole’s appointment to the Order of Canada was originally announced in December of 2014.
Via Rideau Hall press office:
Bob Cole is a legend in Canadian hockey broadcasting. As the lead play-by-play announcer on “Hockey Night in Canada” for almost 30 years, he made viewers feel as though they were in the stands, at the game. He continues to engage new generations of hockey fans with his passion for the game and his rich voice, which crescendos up and down with every play. He also provided commentary for various summer and winter Olympic events over a 45-year period, and has supported an array of charitable initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador.