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Sad news to report this afternoon, as Bruins fans everywhere begin to mourn the loss of legendary Bruins broadcaster Fred Cusick (1918-2009), whose passing was confirmed by his family today. He was 90 years old.
Cusick, already a Hockey Hall of Famer, was to be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at a ceremony Wednesday evening. The voice of the Bruins for an unprecedented 45 years, with time spent on radio and television, Cusick’s trademark “SCORRRRE!” call for Bruins greats from Bobby Orr to Phil Esposito and to Cam Neely will long be a part of Boston hockey folklore.
His broadcasting career began in 1952 upon his return from a stint with the Navy in World War II. He would serve as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Bruins through 1970, when he shifted to the television side of broadcasting. He also served as the play-by-play man for the first ever U.S. network NHL broadcast on CBS in 1957. Cusick would cover the B’s on WSBK TV 38 and NESN through 1997.
Most recently, he spent a few years broadcasting the AHL’s Lowell Loch Monsters’ home games through 2002, followed by a short stint branching out into calling Cape Cod Baseball League games for WBZ radio.
Bruins fans everywhere will surely reflect on Cusick’s career with the grandest of stick salutes. Game broadcasts since Cusick’s retirement have simply never been the same. His energy and charisma bubbled over through air waves, and he shared his passion for hockey, particularly Bruins hockey, with vigor, each and every game.