Who is Bob Cole ?? – Bob Cole Bio
Bob Cole is a Canadian sports television announcer who has worked for CBC and Sportsnet and former competitive curler. He is known primarily for his work on Hockey Night in Canada.
Born: June 24, 1933 (age 85 years), St. John’s, Canada
Books: Now I’m Catching On: My Life On and Off the Air
Awards: Gemini Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play or Analyst
Bob Cole was born on 24 July 1933 in St. John’s, Canada. A knee injury suffered from playing soccer put Cole in the hospital for approximately six months as a youth. It was during this time that he would listen to Foster Hewitt calling games on the radio and developed an interest in becoming a sports announcer.
In 1956, Cole made an impromptu visit to Hewitt’s office to present him with an audition tape – to Cole’s surprise Hewitt welcomed him in, listened to his tape, and the two talked for two hours.
Prior to his career in broadcasting, Cole was a successful curler, playing in the 1971 and 1975 Briers as the skip for the Newfoundland team. He also played in the 1965 and 1973 Canadian mixed championship.
Cole received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s in 2002.
In early 2016, Cole had a cameo at the end of Simple Plan’s album Taking One for the Team, calling a fictional hockey game involving the band.
He concluded the call with, “Oh my goodness, can you believe it? Just like that, Simple Plan have won the game!”.
On September 23, 2016, Cole was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Cole’s voice could be heard in the CBC 2013 TV film, The Magic Hockey Skates (based on the book of the same name).