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Legendary Flames broadcaster Peter Maher calls it quits

Flames broadcast legend Peter Maher hangs up the mic after 34 years of broadcasting hockey.

Flames broadcast legend Peter Maher hangs up the mic after 34 years of broadcasting hockey.

ERIC FRANCIS. QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

It started with play-by-play calls of his brothers’ table hockey games in tiny Campbellton, NB and ended Tuesday with a press conference dripping with emotion.

In between was a 34-year broadcasting career in Calgary that long ago established him as The Voice of the Flames.

But as the standing ovation from a who’s who of the Calgary hockey scene made clear when a teary-eyed Peter Maher stood up to announce his retirement attested, the 64-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer is about so much more than those legendary pipes that broadcast more than 3,100 games without interruption.

The beloved broadcaster will be missed for his ability to paint a picture with his words, relay the ebbs and flows and emotions of a game thousands of miles away while giving the radio listener a certain warmth, knowing no matter where the home team played or how they fared you could always count on Peter being there.

 


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