The voice of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers is hanging up the microphone, the team announced Tuesday.
“For 52 years, Bob Ridley has been the voice of the Medicine Hat Tigers,” the team tweeted. “Bob will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in his retirement.”
In 2021, Ridley hit an impressive broadcast milestone, playing his 4,000th game in the WHL. He told Global News at the time that since becoming the Tigers’ broadcaster he had only missed one game in more than 50 years.
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According CAT News, who Ridley also worked for, the broadcaster missed all but one game of the 2021-22 season because he had to undergo cancer treatment. ridley said CAT News that the experience gave him plenty of time to think and he realized “maybe it’s time to back off”. He indicated that he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family and friends.
“I just thought it was the right time,” he said CAT News.
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In February 2021, the WHL recognized Ridley’s impressive career by unveiling the new Bob Ridley Award for Media Excellence.
“I was very lucky to have this passion that loves the game,” Ridley told Global News in 2021.
“That’s what kept me going all these years and I hope I can do it for a little longer, for God’s sake. After all, that’s what it’s all about. »
Ridley wasn’t just a broadcaster with the Medicine Hat WHL club. He also spent decades doing double duty, driving the Tigers team bus while calling team games.
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In 2011 Ridley was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and in 2019 he was inducted into the Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
–With files from Cami Kepke, Global News
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