On Tuesday, the Las Vegas Golden Knights sent out a tweet. It read:
Inaugural Golden Knights Broadcasters
TV PxP: Dave Goucher
TV Color Commentary: Shane Hnidy
Radio PxP: Dan D’Uva
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) August 15, 2017
The noticeable name on the list above to Boston Bruins fans is Dave Goucher, who will be leaving 98.5 The Sports Hub.
The Rhode Island native spent 17 years as the voice of Bruins games on the radio and had the famous “Get the duck boats ready” call at the end of the 2011 Stanley Cup.
Goucher, who has been named New England’s top play-by-play announcer three times by the Associated Press, will be paired with former Bruins defenseman Shine Hnidy on AT&T SportsNet.
In an interview on The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” Tuesday, Goucher went on to say:
“I’ve been doing radio now for 17 years with the Bruins and 24 years overall with my time in the minors, and I thought maybe this would be a time in my career to try something different and go to the television side. If it’s not the most difficult decision of my career, it’s right up there,” said Goucher. “It will be different from broadcasting a team that has been around since 1924, but that’s the exciting part of it. Someone said it’s almost like a start-up company, and you get in at the ground floor. They feel the sky is the limit and it’s exciting to be a part of that.”
“I think on my phone, I have 122 unread text messages,” he said. “The tweets that people have sent out have been unbelievable. I was scrolling through some last night, and that’s what does make it difficult. I hope people understand it’s been an honor for me to do this, to do these games with Bob Beers for 17 years.
“It was such an emotional decision because of that. Doing Bruins radio play-by-play doesn’t mean more than anyone to me. I listened to Bob Wilson as a kid, Bob Neumeier for a stretch. If you asked me when I was 22 or 23, this was the job I always wanted to have,” he said. “But you continue to have goals, and if you think you want to do other things or different things, I think I’d be kicking myself 20 years from now if I didn’t try to grow or expand.”
The Sports Hub is yet to announce a replacement for Goucher, who was teamed with Bob Beers for his entire tenure behind the microphone.