BOSTON, MA – Members of the Bruins organization issued the following statements regarding legendary broadcaster Fred Cusick, who passed away today at the age of 90.
Principal Charlie Jacobs: On behalf of the entire Bruins organization I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to Fred's family. For 45-years, half his life, Fred was the voice of the Boston Bruins. His memory will certainly live on in the hearts and minds of all Bruins fans, as one cannot recall some of the greatest moments in the history of this club without hearing his voice.
Senior Advisor to the Owner Harry Sinden: What he was, was a Bruin. He was absolutely an admired, respected and beloved member of the Bruins family for many years. He is a huge, huge part of Bruins history. There’s no doubt of the impact he had on the broadcasting of hockey. He was a pioneer and the way hockey games are broadcast really originated with Fred. A lot of the camera work that they use was at his suggestion. He had a number of ideas that he brought in and they still use.
Vice President Cam Neely: It's always a sad day when you lose a member of the Bruins family. Fred was one of the best play-by-play announcers in the business and he'll always be remembered for his voice and 45-year career with the Bruins. On behalf of all the players whose names that Fred announced, I would like to send my condolences to Fred’s family. I hope that they can find some solace in knowing how much we respected Fred, and that we will always consider him part of the Bruins family.
Hall of Famer John Bucyk: I'm terribly sad to hear about Fred. He was a great broadcaster and we spent a lot of years together, with him broadcasting our games when I played and then working with him in the booth. He is going to be dearly missed.
Current Bruins Play-by-Play Announcer on NESN Jack Edwards: Those fortunate enough to inherit the position Fred Cusick created are merely playing on the land he cleared. None of us ever will have the impact he had in generating the fan base for this team. Fred was passionate and willing to share how much the game thrilled him every night, and he drew us in with those qualities. We have lost a great pioneer.