Longtime Vancouver sportscaster Neil Macrae dies of cancer at age 65

Apr 3 2017, 5:25 pm

Sad news to pass along, as legendary Vancouver sports broadcaster Neil Macrae has died from cancer at the age of 65.

CKNW reports that Macrae passed away last Thursday at this home in Palm Springs.

Macrae was a controversial figure on CKNW and Rock 101 radio from the 1980s until he retired in 2012. His trademark was his bluntness, while not being afraid of ruffling feathers. In fact, ruffling feathers was what he did best.

If you’re too young to remember him, think Don Cherry without the flamboyant suits.

Here’s a few great Macrae quotes from his last time on air, courtesy of CKNW’s Matt Lee:

That last quote is a great one, because Macrae’s opinions were so outlandish at times, you had to wonder if he was just saying them to get ratings. Apparently not.

We haven’t heard anything like Macrae’s morning “sports comment” on Vancouver airwaves since Macrae went off the air, and I doubt we’ll hear anything like it again.

Here’s one of his more famous/entertaining spats with then Canucks general manager Brian Burke (who also wasn’t afraid to be controversial) in 1998.

A number of other broadcasters took to Twitter on Monday to share their memories:

Here’s one of Macrae’s last great television hits, appearing on Urban Rush with Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford during the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

His answer to the first question was classic Macrae: “I thought it was a crappy game. I thought both teams embarrassed themselves.”

He will be missed.

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