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Bob Wilson, 85, longtime Bruins radio voice, dies of lung cancer

Bob Wilson was the radio voice of the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1972.1990 file/Frank O’Brien/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

Longtime Bruins radio announcer Bob Wilson died on Thursday at the age of 85 from lung cancer. Wilson spent more than 20 years calling Bruins games, including their 1972 Stanley Cup victory. Wilson received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 1987, which put him into the broadcasting wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Bruins released a statement from team president Cam Neely saying, “On behalf of the Boston Bruins organization, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Wilson. For a generation of New England hockey fans, Bob’s legendary voice was synonymous with the Bruins and he will always be a part of our club’s history. Our thoughts are with Nancy and their children during this difficult time.”

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Tweeted current Bruins’ TV play-by-play announcer, Jack Edwards, “He was my greatest inspiration.”

The Bruins’ radio booth at the TD Garden is named after Wilson. It was dedicated to him on March 26, 2011.

Wilson began his career in Boston in 1962. He called Bruins games as either the play-by-play or color commentator from 1964 to 1969, and again from 1971 to 1994.


Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.