The voice of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers hangs up his microphone, the team announced Tuesday night.
“For 52 years, Bob Ridley was the voice of the Medicine Hat Tigers,” the team tweeted. “Bob will be greatly missed and we wish him well in his retirement.”
In 2021, Ridley hit an impressive broadcast milestone, calling his 4,000th WHL game. He told Global News at the time that he had only missed one game in more than 50 years since becoming the Tigers’ broadcaster.
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Corresponding CHAT messages, for whom Ridley also worked, the broadcaster missed all but one game of the 2021/22 season due to undergoing cancer treatment. said Ridley CHAT messages that the experience made him think for a long time and made him realize “maybe it’s time to back down”. He hinted that he would like to spend more time with family and friends.
“I just thought it was the right time,” he said CHAT messages.
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In February 2021, WHL recognized Ridley’s impressive career with the unveiling of the newly created Bob Ridley Award for Media Excellence.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have this passion for the game,” Ridley told Global News in 2021.
“It’s kept me going all these years and I’m hoping I can keep doing this a little bit longer, for heaven’s sake. After all, that’s what it was about.”
Ridley wasn’t just a broadcaster at Medicine Hat’s WHL Club. He also spent decades driving double duty, driving the Tigers’ team bus while calling the team’s games.
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Ridley was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2019.
–With files from Cami Kepke, Global News
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