The legendary voice of the Boston Bruins, Fred Cusick, passed away today at the age of 90.
Cusick called Bruins games on television for more than 40 years and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
"What he was, was a Bruin," Bruins senior advisor to the owner and former longtime team president Harry Sinden explained in a statement today. "He was absolutely an admired, respected and beloved member of the Bruins family for many years. He is a huge, huge part of Bruins history. There's no doubt of the impact he had on the broadcasting of hockey. He was a pioneer and the way hockey games are broadcast really originated with Fred. A lot of the camera work that they use was at his suggestion. He had a number of ideas that he brought in and they still use."
Jack Edwards, who grew up in New England and currently serves in Cusick's old role for New England Sports Network, also recalled Cusick.
"Those fortunate enough to inherit the position Fred Cusick created are merely playing on the land he cleared. None of us ever will have the impact he had in generating the fan base for this team," said Edwards. "Fred was passionate and willing to share how much the game thrilled him every night, and he drew us in with those qualities. We have lost a great pioneer."
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