By: Jeremy Perrigo
The Las Vegas Golden Knights announced their first-ever TV and radio broadcast teams Monday. Among the list of media personnel is none other than Dave Goucher, the Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer, who has broadcasted the B’s games on radio in the Boston area since 2000.
Goucher has had some legendary calls in his years covering the black and gold. No call is more memorable than his “BERGERON BERGERON” in Game 7 of the 2013 first-round match-up between the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs, which saw the B’s erase a third period 4-1 deficit to win off a Patrice Bergeron goal in overtime.
Goucher was named New England’s top radio play-by-play announcer by the Associated Press in 2003, 2006 and 2007. Goucher has been heard on TV before calling Hockey East college hockey games, however, this will be his first major stint on television covering an NHL franchise. No word yet on who will replace Goucher as Bruins radio play-by-play announcer.
Shane Hnidy will sit alongside Goucher in Vegas as the team’s TV color commentator. Hnidy played one and a half seasons as a defenseman with the Bruins from 2008-2009 and returned in 2011 on a tryout basis, eventually only playing three games on the year before retiring (enough to get a Stanley Cup ring and a day with the cup when the Bruins became champions that season). Hnidy played in a total of 550 games in his NHL career from 2000-2011, amassing 71 points and a hefty 633 penalty minutes.
Here is a clip from a year when the Bruins couldn't get enough of Sean Avery and the Dallas Stars:
Since 2011 Hnidy has had various jobs as a color commentator, mostly covering the Winnipeg Jets, World Juniors Tournaments and Men’s World Hockey Championships.
The Golden Knights are set to play their inaugural game October 6th at Dallas; look, or listen, for Goucher and Hnidy as they kick off the 2017-18 season for Vegas’s first professional sports franchise.