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Hockey broadcaster Bob Cole, the voice of “Hockey Night in Canada” for nearly a half century, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Cole died in St. Johns, the capital of Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador, surrounded by his family, his daughter, Megan Cole, told CBC.

“Thank you for decades of love for his work, love of Newfoundland and love of hockey,” Megan Cole said, adding that her father was healthy “up until the very end.”

Cole served as the play-by-play broadcaster for CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” from 1973 to 2019, when he retired after calling his final game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. He made his hockey broadcasting debut on radio for a game between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens in April 1969 before transitioning to TV in 1973.

Cole was known for his signature “Oh, baby!” catchphrase and called the 2002 Olympic final in Salt Lake City in …

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