Danny Gallivan, with microphone in hand, and Dick Irvin in the broadcast booth during their days as a team.
Gazette File Photo
The 1972-73 Canadiens’ six-game Stanley Cup victory over the Chicago Blackhawks gave the Habs the 18th of their 24 Stanley Cups. It gave Phil LeDuc, a keen Canadiens fan from the U.S. west coast, an idea:
LeDuc propped a probably modern cassette recorder in front of the television and taped the audio of Danny Gallivan and Dick Irvin’s call of the games. Little did he know how remarkable these recordings Dick and the late Danny would sound 36 years later.
LeDuc would begin a correspondence with Robert Lefebvre, whose Eyes on the Prize website covers any and all things Canadien. Long story short: LeDuc burned the audio he kept onto CD and sent it to Lefebvre, who uploaded it to his site. All the background and rich photo history is here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
The audio is now shared here for the enjoyment of Inside/Out visitors. You’ll hear Game 1 in two parts, an 8-3 Habs victory at the Forum on April 29, 1973, and the second half of Cup-winning Game 6, a 6-4 Montreal win on May 10 at Chicago Stadium.
Lefebvre is sending copies of LeDuc’s audio to the Canadiens, who are soliciting items for the Hall of Fame they’ll soon open at the Bell Centre. More on that here; check your closets and drawers…
So pull up a chair and enjoy what a fine broadcast team these two gentlemen were. Thanks to Phil and Robert and the others involved for sharing some great Habs history.