BOSTON, MA Legendary Boston Bruins broadcaster Bob Wilson was honored Saturday morning at the TD Garden and the Bruins home radio booth has now been renamed the “Bob Wilson Radio Booth.”
Here are some highlights from his interview with the media prior to the start of the Bruins vs. Rangers game.
On broadcasting the games and telling listeners the the Bruins allowed goals:
“Well when you grew up you try to be evenhanded and sometimes you get more excited than you need to be, but on the road that’s particularly where you must be talking about [the goals scored]. I had to get excited to get over the crowd.”
When asked about changing the name of the radio booth:
“It means a great deal…it validates a career if you will and I’m just beyond words with this move by the Bruins management. It’s just wonderful.”
On broadcasting a few Boston Beanpot tournaments at the Boston Garden:
“I did the [Boston] Beanpot several times, maybe ten or a dozen times I did the Beanpot and that was a lot of fun, except the consolation game was awfully hard to do. Particularly when my favorite team, Northeastern [University] was always in it.”
On one specific great Bruins or NHL memory:
“Well the Stanley Cup in 1972, certainly a highlight of my career. It’s the last Stanley Cup goal that the Bruins scored. It was interesting [because] Phil Esposito told me after the game, Bobby [Orr] came up to him on that final face-off with about 20 seconds, 30 seconds left in the game. He said, “get the puck to me and I’ll kill it off.” That was Bobby talking to Phil. “Get it to me and I’ll take care of the rest.”
On the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 1972:
“It was an exciting time. The Welcome at Logan [Airport] in the middle of the night that was fun.
On if he is following the current Boston Bruins team:
“I get them on [television] and once in a while I can get the radio. The guys are doing a good job. I’m proud of both Jack [Edwards] and Dave [Goucher].”