“You just want to make people think about something a little bit different than all of the other stuff we’re thinking about right now.” ALMURDOCH spoke to imacSportsnet about how he's helping Canucks fans cope during the NHL shutdown.
With the Vancouver Canucks shut down and everyone worrying about far bigger things than hockey, Al Murdoch wanted to help and offered the most valuable things he could: his voice and a little happiness.March 25, 2020, 9:35 PM VANCOUVER – With the Vancouver Canucks shut down and everyone worrying about far bigger things than hockey, Al Murdoch wanted to help and offered the most valuable things he could: his voice and a little happiness. The National Hockey League team’s in-arena announcer started taking goal-call requests from fans and posting videos of those calls online. He had no idea what he was getting into. “We’re getting into hundreds and hundreds of requests,” Murdoch said Wednesday in a telephone interview from his home studio in Port Moody, east of Vancouver. “And not only from people in B.C., but all over Canada, the States, Mexico, Australia, Croatia. This has literally gone worldwide. “I’m getting requests from other parts of the country asking me to do Oilers calls and Leafs calls. As much as I’d like to, that’s not going to happen.” He isn’t even doing Canucks calls, really. After starting with a few fictitious Vancouver goal calls to mark the first home game fans would miss, March 15 against the Winnipeg Jets, Murdoch decided the calls should be personalized. A kid who is missing out on his own hockey season, for instance, can score with assists from his dad and grandpa. “People wanted to hear Jake Virtanen’s 19th and 20th goals,” Murdoch, 54, explained. “They wanted to hear more points for Quinn Hughes, so he would break more rookie records. But I didn’t want to take away goal announcements that are eventually going to happen. Every goal and every point is a milestone to these guys, and I didn’t want to take those away from current Canuck players. “I asked people to personalize them. If you’d like to have your name, or your kid’s name, your family name, a neighbour or co-worker’s name on a goal call, you’ll never get to hear that ever in your life. So I just put it out there and the response has been just massive. “I got one (request) from a guy in Saskatchewan who has multiple sclerosis and so the game of hockey was taken away from him. But I could announce a goal with his name and the name of his older brother, who is still playing hockey. Those are the ones that make me think: Maybe I’m doing a good thing here.” These personalized goal announcement requests from Read more: Sportsnet
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