They usually come to us as little more than disembodied voices, giving us powerful descriptions of the game as it happens far below their perch. We count on them to inform us on the game action, to let us know who has the puck, who's missing from the bench, what players are running hot, what players are running cold. If it's happening on the ice or in the dressing room, they are there to let us know.
I, of course, am talking about the announcers that cover the game we love, professional hockey at the NHL level.
For all the demands of their jobs, we often take these individuals for granted. They've been there as long as we've been fans and they will always be there, as long as the game is being played. However, at one point they weren't there. There had to be a first, there had to be someone to influence the next group and on and on.
This is a tribute to those influential announcers that are all too often overlooked.