BOSTON -- Prior to Saturday's Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers game at TD Garden, the Black & Gold paid to their legendary radio personality Bob Wilson.
The Bruins dedicated their home radio broadcast booth to Wilson, renaming it the "Bob Wilson Radio Booth."
The Bruins also installed a silver microphone encased in a black and gold frame on the TD Garden’s level 9 façade beneath the home radio broadcast booth.
"Oh, it means a great deal," said Wilson after the ceremony in the press box. "I don’t know how to put it.
"It validates a career, if you will. I’m just honored beyond words with this move by Bruins’ management.
"It’s just wonderful," he said.
Wilson, of Arlington, MA, served as the voice of the Bruins for 25 years before retiring in 1995. In 1987, Wilson received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, which was presented by Hockey Hall of Fame and chosen by the NHL Broadcasters Association. He was also inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.
Generations of Bruins fans enjoyed Wilson's radio calls, but Wilson never imagined he'd have the longevity he enjoyed with Boston.
"No, I never did," he said. "And it was mostly year-to-year all the way through.
"The Bruins have been very good to me and the variety of radio stations that I’ve been on is amazing, but it worked and I’m really happy with it."
Asked for a specific highlight from his run as the play-by-play voice of the B's, Wilson said, "Well the Stanley Cup in 1972 was certainly a highlight of my career and it’s the last Stanley Cup goal that the Bruins scored.
"It was interesting, Phil Esposito told me after the game that Bobby [Orr] came up to him on that final face-off with about 20 seconds, 30 seconds left in the game and he said ‘Get the puck to me an I’ll kill it off.’ That was Bobby talking to Phil. ‘Get it to me and I’ll take care of the rest.’
"It was an exciting time and the welcome at Logan [Airport] in the middle of the night, that was fun," he said.
Wilson said that when he can he still follows the Bruins on TV and radio.
"The guys are doing a good job," he said. "I’m proud of both Jack [Edwards] and Dave [Goucher]."
Wilson recently celebrated his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, March 9.