I had to say good-bye to one of my very best friends Saturday night getting off the plane from Detroit.
Harry Neale had told me that he had accepted the analyst position to work with Rick Jeanneret in Buffalo
and that our game in Detroit
would be our last together.
I am not ashamed to tell you there were tears in my eyes as I got in my car to drive home.
For the better part of 20 years Harry and I have worked together doing Leaf mid-week hockey games and it has been an honour and a pleasure.
His hockey mind, tremendous sense of humour and timing has made him the best analyst in the NHL. I know he would not have left had it not been the Buffalo
job as he lives in East Amherst
, New York
and has been making the commute to Toronto
to do Hockey Night in Canada
and mid-week games.
Together we had a lot of fun at our jobs and Harry was a big part in making our mid-week crew the very best in the business.
What I most enjoy about Harry’s work is his ability to tell the viewer what has happened and why it has happened without making it sound like you have to just sign up for the Hockey Coaches Clinic 101 cram course.
He makes it easy for viewers to understand what has transpired on the ice instead of confusing them to no ends with over analytical hype.
Greg Millen will be an excellent replacement but I will miss my friend dearly