I came across what I think is an interesting poll, although it was done in 2005. But I think nothing’s changed from then to now. I also disagree slightly and have my own choices at the bottom.
The Best “Hockey Night In Canada” Play-By-Play Announcer Of All Time
Danny Gallivan 53 votes 36. 30%
Bob Cole 16 votes 10.96%
Jim Hughson 16 votes 10.96%
Jim Robson 15 votes 10.27%
Foster Hewitt 14 votes 9.59%
Dick Irvin 12 votes 8.22%
Chris Cuthbert 10 votes 6.85%
Dan Kelly 5 votes 3.42%
Bill Hewitt 4 votes 2.74%
Don Wittman 1 vote 0.68%
But if I were to choose:
Danny Gallivan – The best. Period.
Chris Cuthbert -Both he and Hughson are as professional as can be.
Bill Hewitt – Smooth voice and part of my youth. More polished than his dad.
Dan Kelly – Great, and died too soon
A younger Bob Cole – Before he started getting names wrong.
Foster Hewitt – Foster was the first and is very special to many people, but technically he wasn’t as sound as many of the others, including his son.
Dick Irvin – I love Dick Irvin but he wasn’t as slick as Cuthbert and Hughson and these guys. Made a better sidekick for Gallivan.
Don Wittman- True pro with Winnipeg roots. Sadly is no longer with us.
Jim Robson – Canucks broadcaster for many years and loved greatly out here. But I don’t think he was as good as the rest.