In his day, there was no voice more prominent, or more widely heard throughout Canada, than that of Foster Hewitt. He was in the forefront as radio rose in popularity, broadcasting his first hockey game in 1923. He then became closely identified with another soon-to-be Canadian institution also in its first few years of existence – the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hewitt had been the master of ceremonies at the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens Nov. 12, 1931, and had personally overseen the construction of a gondola, located 54 feet above center ice, from where he would broadcast games to an ever-growing audience beyond the arena walls.
For the next four decades, Hewitt was the country’s premier hockey play-by-play voice on Saturday nights. Broadcast on Canadian national radio, Hewitt and the Maple ...
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