Legendary play-by-play man Bob Cole will be back on Hockey Night in Canada next season.
His fans had wondered whether Game 7 Sunday night between the Kings and the Blackhawks would be his last broadcast, with Sportsnet winning the national rights for NHL hockey.
“Oh baby! @RonMacLeanCBC with some good news, you’ll hear Bob Cole next season on #hockeynight. His 46th season!,” tweeted Hockey Night in Canada during the broadcast.
Tributes to Cole had been pouring in on Twitter over the weekend as fans wondered about his future.
But Cole, who turns 81 later this month, has been a polarizing figure among Canadian viewers.
Some can’t stand him, pointing to the number of mistakes he makes, with players going unnamed or misidentified.
Others love his, as Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur describes it, “unique style that focuses on conveying the emotion and tension of a game.”
“But that voice — a masterpiece of timbre and tone, with a touch of its Newfoundland roots, a little clipped, positively sonorous — is still matchless, still worth it,” Arthur wrote last week.