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Dan Kelly joins Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

"He shoots … HE SCORES!"

It's been more than 28 years since Dan Kelly, the legendary radio voice of the St. Louis Blues, shouted that infamous call across the airwaves, but he's still being honored for the mark he left on the world of broadcasting.

On Saturday evening, Kelly was inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame during an awards banquet at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson.

"It's always special that even though my father has been gone close to 30 years, the recognition and accolades and Hall of Fame awards continue to come his way," said John Kelly, the Blues' play-by-play broadcaster for FOX Sports Midwest. "It just shows how much he was and still is loved as a broadcaster and the indelible mark he made in St. Louis and Missouri and even nationally."

Known for his booming voice that could be heard over a raucous crowd cheering on its team, Dan Kelly began calling games for the Blues during their second season back in 1968. He remained the play-by-play voice of the club for more than two decades until he passed away in 1989 after a battle with cancer.

Dan also served as the lead broadcaster for national NHL games in both the United States and Canada. He called 16 Stanley Cup Finals between 1969 and 1988 and also called NFL games, Missouri Tigers football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Video: Highlights from legendary radio voice Dan Kelly

HIs work, both locally and nationally, made him one of the most iconic broadcasters in sports and certainly one of the biggest names in St. Louis, which also has ties to broadcasting giants such as Jack Buck, Harray Caray, Bob Costas, Joe Buck and Dan Dierdorf.

"My dad with his career, I got to tag along and sit next to him in the booth and my younger brother Dan did the same," said John, who has followed his father's path in calling St. Louis Blues games for the past 12 seasons. "His love of sports and his love of broadcasting was certainly passed down to Dan and myself.

"I would sit next to him at football games and spotted for him," John added. "I did a lot of spotting for him at Mizzou games and (St. Louis Cardinals football), and I would do some statistical work for him in the Blues broadcast booth as well. It was always a thrill to watch him work and observe just how awesome he was as a broadcaster. Those memories are certainly very vivid for me and will always be very vivid."

Shortly after his death, Dan was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy, which is given annually to people who make significant contributions to hockey in the United States. In 2006, the Blues also named the press box at Scottrade Center in his honor.

The Kelly family had eight representatives at Saturday's induction ceremony in Branson - among them was Dan's wife, Fran. Other inductees for the Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame this year were Ralph Foster, Larry Moore and Marci Burdick.

"For our family, it's really special any time he gets an award like this," John said. "I know we're enjoying the weekend very much."

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