Dave Goucher And Former Boston Bruins Shane Hnidy Will Team Up In Las Vegas

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By Mike Cratty                                                                        Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

Many Boston Bruins fans, including myself, were a little bit stunned to see the news that Dave Goucher was heading out to Las Vegas. The news broke yesterday, along with news of the rest of the Vegas Golden Knights first ever broadcasting team. Dave will now hold the title of the first Las Vegas Golden Knights TV play-by-play broadcaster in the history of the organization. That has to be a tremendous honor.

Dave has been the voice behind Boston Bruins play-by-play since 2000. On top of that, Goucher won the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year award two years in a row (2013, 2014).

The search will now begin to find Bruins radio color commentator, Bob Beers, a new partner on the air.

Dave Goucher is a Boston Bruins legend. Without any exaggeration, he is absolutely a legend, from “Get the Duck Boats ready!” to “Bergeron, Bergeron, Bergeron! In game seven! The guy has a voice as polished and smooth as a brand-new Ferrari. Golden Knights fans don’t know what they’re in for. They are so fortunate to have someone like Dave to call their games.

Dave Goucher joined Toucher and Rich earlier today to talk about his newest broadcasting venture and to say goodbye to Boston.

Here is a large, important, powerful excerpt from Dave Goucher’s talk with Toucher and Rich earlier today:

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“I’ve been doing radio now for 17 years with the Bruins and 24 years overall with my time in the minors, and I thought maybe this would be a time in my career to try something different and go to the television side. If it’s not the most difficult decision of my career, it’s right up there,” said Goucher. “It will be different from broadcasting a team that has been around since 1924, but that’s the exciting part of it. Someone said it’s almost like a start-up company, and you get in on the ground floor. They feel the sky is the limit and it’s exciting to be a part of that.”

Optimism is certainly at a high level for Dave right now. From radio to TV, the adjustment will be seamless for him.

“I think on my phone, I have 122 unread text messages,” he said. “The tweets that people have sent out have been unbelievable. I was scrolling through some last night, and that’s what does make it difficult. I hope people understand it’s been an honor for me to do this, to do these games with Bob Beers for 17 years.

17 years with Bob Beers. That has to be very tough to move on from. Goucher and Beers were excellent together on the air.

“It was such an emotional decision because of that. Doing Bruins radio play-by-play doesn’t mean more than anyone to me. I listened to Bob Wilson as a kid, Bob Neumeier for a stretch. If you asked me when I was 22 or 23, this was the job I always wanted to have,” he said. “But you continue to have goals, and if you think you want to do other things or different things, I think I’d be kicking myself 20 years from now if I didn’t try to grow or expand.”

Dave loves Boston, and he loves Bostonians. I attended a play-by-play sports broadcasting camp from 2012-2016 in Boston for one week a summer. Dave was there every year, and he was even there every for many years before I started attending the camp in 2012.

Dave was a normal guy at camp. He would talk in-depth to anyone, answer questions and just hang out. I had the privilege of getting advice and talking about the Bruins for hours with Dave Goucher. He is truly one of a kind in my eyes and is one of the greatest Boston Sports broadcasters of all time. I can’t say enough good things about Dave, he has had a major impact on my future goals and my attitude.

The camp is called the play by play sports broadcasting camps. It was easily the best week of my summer every year. Campers get to meet media members and broadcasters like Dave. Others include ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Field Yates, NESN’s Emerson Lotzia, and the legendary Jackie MacMullan of ESPN. That is just a few of the names, professional athletes attend once or twice a week as well.

Boston Bruins radio broadcasts will never be the same without Dave. He was very deserving of this new opportunity and Bruins fans, and some hockey fans in general, have reasons to be happy for him.

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The man who will be alongside Dave Goucher on the AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain broadcasts with the Golden Knights is this guy who’s called the sheriff. Oh you know, just former Boston Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy. Hnidy earned the nickname ‘Sheriff’, so it’s fair to presume that he didn’t mess around on the ice and laid down the law whenever necessary. What an electric combination of broadcasting talent, with history in the same organization, the Boston Bruins.

What an electric combination of broadcasting talent, with history in the same organization, the Boston Bruins.

Hnidy played 111 games as a Bruin with five goals and 21 assists to go along with 88 penalty minutes. He was known for his toughness and aggressive style. Hnidy wasn’t just a Bruin, below is a fight between him and feisty former Bruin P.J. Stock while Hnidy was on the Ottawa Senators in 2002:

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In his final season with the Bruins, one in which he only played six games between the regular season and playoffs, Hnidy got his day with the Stanley Cup back in 2011:

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Unfortunately, Hnidy’s past with the Bruins isn’t as extensive as Dave Goucher’s. But, he does have broadcasting and TV experience out Winnipeg with the Jets on TSN Radio 1290. Shane was part of a broadcasting team for an organization that just recently resurrected, with the Winnipeg Jets, while Dave is going from an original six team that has been around for quite a while to a brand new franchise. Very interesting career paths for them.

Best of luck to Dave and Shane together in their future endeavors in Vegas and beyond.

About Mike Cratty

I am 19 years old and I was born and raised to be a diehard Boston Bruins fan. I am currently majoring in Communication Studies and will be entering my sophomore year at Merrimack College.
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