Longtime Vancouver Canucks PA announcer John Ashbridge dies

Jun 6 2018, 5:09 am

Longtime Vancouver Canucks public address announcer John Ashbridge has passed away at the age of 71.

Ashbridge, who also worked as a broadcaster on radio, was the voice you heard at Canucks games beginning in 1987, first at the Pacific Coliseum, before following the team to Rogers Arena. He began scaling back his workload in 2011, sharing duties with current PA announcer Al Murdoch.

During his career, Ashbridge worked two Stanley Cup Finals, called one NHL All-Star Game, announced at the first-ever NHL games played in Japan, and was the PA announcer for hockey games during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. He also worked games for the Vancouver Giants.

During All-Star Weekend in 2002, Ashbridge was honoured with the NHL Alumni “7th Man Award,” which recognizes members of the league who has contributed behind the scenes for a significant period of time.

His legendary voice will forever be tattooed in the memory of every Canucks fan.

A number of people took to Twitter Tuesday evening to share their sadness, and personal stories of the broadcasting legend.

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