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 the 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 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 Forest 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
of 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.