One on one with Peter Maher

TODD SAELHOF -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:32 PM ET


 SO HOW THE DEVIL ARE YA?

 I'm very good at the moment. I'm getting ready to broadcast another game of the Stanley Cup final, so I'm great.

 WHAT DO YOU DO ON SATURDAY NIGHTS WHEN YOU'RE NOT ON THE AIR?

 If hockey season's over, I'm probably relaxing after a game of golf. If hockey season's on, I'm probably watching a hockey game somewhere. It's all about sports.

 PICK A FEW WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

 Intense, conscientious and sometimes I can be crazy.

 YEAH-BABY CRAZY?

 Yeah, yeah-baby crazy (laughs).

 HAS THAT SAYING BECOME THE BANE OF YOUR EXISTENCE OR DO YOU CONSIDER IT A PROUD HALLMARK?

 Well, I've done all this broadcasting and probably said a billion words and the only two that anybody remembers me for is 'Yeah, baby!' I suppose when I go to another big league in another place, on my tombstone, it'll say, 'Yeah, baby!'

 WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

 Ask my English teacher. She didn't think I was very good. And now I'm broadcasting and sometimes I write, so I guess I've come a long way from those days at school. I guess I was a decent student but you wouldn't call me a scholar by any means.

 WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

 You never learn anything when you're talking. I got that from a good friend of mine named Douglas Young, who used to be a minister with a couple different portfolios in the federal government.

 COULD YOU PERFORM ANY REPAIRS ON YOUR VEHICLE?

 None. I can't even change a tire.

 WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

 Barbecuing steaks.

 SO THEN WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

 There's too many to mention. But I have my penchant for strawberry candies.

 WHAT TV SERIES WOULD YOU LIKE ON DVD?

 Seinfeld.

 WHAT PLAYER, PAST OR PRESENT, WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTERVIEW?

 The one player who I really regret not having called a game for was Bobby Orr. I can't say that I didn't interview him because I have. In fact, I was there the day he retired in Chicago. He was supposed to play that night but he retired. It was my first year in the league. I've had the pleasure of broadcasting games that Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull played in and those were two guys who were big idols I followed when I was a kid. Bobby Orr was the other one and I would've loved to broadcast one of his games.

 WHO IN THIS BUSINESS MAKES YOU LAUGH AND WHO MAKES YOU CRY?

 (Ex-Flame) Jim Peplinski makes me laugh. And who makes me cry? I don't know -- it's been a long time since I cried.

 WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE EVER SEEN?

 Any one by Rod Stewart. I've seen 18 of his concerts. I was pretty disappointed this year that I couldn't see him here in the Saddledome. Thought I would catch him on this playoff run somewhere but we went to the wrong cities. If we'd have gone to St. Louis, Denver or Dallas, I could've seen him.

 IF YOU'RE WEREN'T A SPORTSCASTER, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN DOING?

 I'd probably be a writer, like you.

 Hopefully not exactly like me.

 (Chuckles)

 WHAT TRAITS DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

 Sincerity. Passion.

 BOBBLEHEADS. THEY'RE KIND OF SILLY, AREN'T THEY?

 Very. Very silly. I hope they never make one of me.

 If they did, what would be the most distinguishing feature on it?

 Probably my nose (chuckles).

 DO YOU HAVE A PET?

 No.

 WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

 1989. The Flames won the Stanley Cup and my son Jeff's team, the Calgary Buffaloes, won the Air Canada Cup.

 AFRAID TO FLY?

 No. Good thing. I wouldn't have lasted all this time in the league if I was afraid to fly.

 WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

 Biting my nails.

 On the air?

 I hope not.

 EVER ORDER PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ON PAY-PER-VIEW?

 No. I haven't been to a wrestling match since I left New Brunswick.

 FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN DURING A GAME?

 This happened in a senior game back in the '70s in St. John's, Newfoundland. A player got hurt, guys came out carrying a stretcher for him and the player who was injured got up and skated right by them. And the guys with the stretcher kept going to where they thought he was.

 WHAT'S YOUR ALL-TIME DREAM STARTING LINEUP?

 I would say Glenn Hall in goal. Bobby Orr and Doug Harvey on defence. Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Hull up front ... but actually I need to put Jarome Iginla somewhere in there.

 WHAT'S YOUR ALL-TIME STARTING BROADCAST TEAM?

 Vin Scully and Danny Gallivan, with me right there.

 DOES VIN KNOW HOCKEY?

 No. But I'm sure he can find some eloquent words to put into poetry about what's happening on the ice.

 COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE, AND, IF SO, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SONG? I'M BETTING IT WAS DO YA THINK I'M SEXY BY ROD STEWART?

 No, It was Maggie May by Rod Stewart. And I won a prize.


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