Hockey Night legend visits English class
Hockey Night in Canada skated right into a U of S classroom Sept. 30 when Dick Irvin, the legendary former ‘voice of the Montreal Canadiens’, visited an English class to talk hockey, sports journalism and sports books.
The visit was most appropriate, since the course is sessional instructor Michael P.J. Kennedy’s popular creation: Reading Culture: Hockey in Canadian Literature. Irvin, a 30-year veteran of hockey broadcasting, appeared in Kennedy’s class for free, after Kennedy had interviewed him by phone recently the upcoming book on the history of the Huskies hockey team he is writing with long-time Huskies hockey leader Bill Seymour.
Irvin became one of the country’s best-know sports broadcasters when he worked for Hockey Night in Canada from 1966-99. He played for the 1950-51 U of S Huskies hockey team before transferring to McGill University in Montreal.
After speaking to the class, Irvin spent 30 minutes answering questions and presented Kennedy with an autographed Hockey Night in Canada photo for use in Kennedy’s book.
The book, to be called Dogs on Ice, has received more than $16,000 in research funding from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the College of Kinesiology has provided a grant to support student Kerri Archibald in doing research.