HOCKEY KNIGHT

Truro res­i­dent has an ex­cit­ing story few know about

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Dave Reynolds climbed the broad­cast­ing lad­der here in the Mar­itimes and had a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer, with Hockey Night In Canada.

With­out fan­fare, a friendly man volunteers with the lo­cal hos­pi­tal aux­il­iary. The same man dis­plays great pas­sion for ex­er­cise as he works out at the Rath-east­link Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

I met Dave Reynolds over the years as he and my wife Su­san had been friends grow­ing up in Syd­ney. Oh, those sto­ries of Syd­ney Academy, the YMCA and High Y, I’ve heard many of them.

Reynolds shared re­cently how he and his wife Gale ar­rived in Truro in 2013.

“It was Gale ac­tu­ally who had an in­ter­est in Truro,” said Reynolds, 76. “It was the RECC that drew us here. The fa­cil­ity has a pool which caught Gale’s at­ten­tion; we dis­cov­ered the fa­cil­ity had ex­actly what we wanted. The gym was ideal and the Truro golf course was a five-minute walk from where we planned to live.

“We had lived in the coun­try from 1981 to 2013, Black Rock, near Big Bras D’or, Cape Bre­ton. We liked Truro, ev­ery­thing was close, we were ready to be down­town. Truro fit the bill. Both Gale and I have found it great liv­ing in Truro.”

Ra­dio and tele­vi­sion in­volve­ment high­lighted Reynolds’s in­ter­est­ing jour­ney; it led to him com­men­tat­ing on Hockey Night In Canada, from 1973 un­til 1976.

After grad­u­at­ing from Syd­ney Academy, Reynolds was in his sec­ond year at­tend­ing Prince of Wales Col­lege in Char­lot­te­town and work­ing to­ward an arts de­gree when he dropped into a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion. He learned about a job possibilit­y with a Monc­ton tele­vi­sion sta­tion; his fu­ture was about to change dras­ti­cally.

From 1963 un­til 1967 he worked for CKCW in Monc­ton. Two years in tele­vi­sion and ra­dio fol­lowed in Syd­ney.

“Back then, the Mar­itimes were pretty well a train­ing ground for peo­ple in tele­vi­sion,” Reynolds said. “Peo­ple of­ten went to Up­per Canada to see where it might lead.”

In 1969, Reynolds joined CFCF Ra­dio in Mon­treal. After two years, it was on to CFOX and do­ing morn­ing ra­dio and sports.

Meet­ing Dick Irvin Jr., of hockey broad­cast­ing fame, led to do­ing tele­vi­sion sports with CFCF chan­nel 12. Hockey Night In Canada would come soon after.

Reynolds re­called auditions for HNIC tak­ing place down­stairs in one of the sta­tion’s stu­dios.

“It was sug­gested I do an au­di­tion. I for­got to go down and Dick (Irvin) and Ron Reusch came up and got me. I had no tie and I re­mem­ber they had to find me a proper jacket. I went home after­ward, and I re­ceived a call from Don Wallace. He said ‘you got the job.’ I was stunned, I was pleased, I was ex­cited. It was also in­tim­i­dat­ing.”

In the days of stick mi­cro­phones – Reynolds worked the Mon­treal games and Dave Hodge worked the Toronto games.

“When I look back to what I did, we were called ‘be­tween-pe­riod hosts,’ and I think of some­one like Ron Ma­clean – they have such a depth of knowl­edge to­day. It’s a dif­fer­ent league al­to­gether. There are a lot of very smart peo­ple in­volved. I’ve no­ticed the crowds in the broad­casts these days; in my day we had three stools, one for me, one for the guest and one for my notes.”

Be­sides writ­ing the open­ing and pre­par­ing in­ter­views, Reynolds came on the air de­scrib­ing the two teams and players to watch.

“Howie Meeker was my Don Cherry. For re­plays he’d set it up so fans would un­der­stand the play un­fold­ing. Howie was fun, he was re­ally ex­cit­ing. He was also one of those guys who tol­er­ated this rookie.”

Be­tween pe­ri­ods, Reynolds in­ter­viewed a Mon­treal Cana­di­ens player as well as a player from the vis­it­ing team.

“Howie would do high­light anal­y­sis. At the end of the game, I would rhyme off scores of other games and say good­night.”

The broad­casts had two Cape Bre­ton­ers.

An­nouncer “Danny Gal­li­van was a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional,” Reynolds said. “Danny was su­per nice to me. Danny was very kind, sup­port­ive and help­ful.”

Reynolds in­ter­viewed the game’s big­gest stars, Jean Be­liv­eau, Tim Hor­ton, Bobby Orr, Phil Es­pos­ito, Guy Lafleur, Johnny Bower, Dar­ryl Sit­tler and other greats.

He also did ra­dio play-by-play of Mon­treal Alou­ettes CFL foot­ball and Mon­treal Ex­pos Na­tional League base­ball games. After HNIC, his ca­reer took him to Ci­tytv in Toronto for a num­ber of years as well as his na­tive Syd­ney for 10 years with CJCB Ra­dio.

Dave’s wife Gale, a Mon­treal na­tive, is a former Mon­treal and Toronto tele­vi­sion pro­ducer/direc­tor.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Hockey Night In Canada’s Dave Reynolds, left, and former Bos­ton Bru­ins star Bobby Orr relax prior to a be­tween-pe­ri­ods in­ter­view.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Howie Meeker, left, an­a­lyzes the game as Dave Reynolds holds the stick mi­cro­phone.

Reynolds

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