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HNIC broadcaster Bob Cole to receive the Order of Canada

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Bob Cole. (Jason Ransom/Postmedia Network)

Bob Cole. (Jason Ransom/Postmedia Network)

Legendary Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Bob Cole is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

The 83-year-old St. John's native is being honoured with the Order of Canada at a ceremony in Rideau Hall on Friday.

Cole started at HNIC in 1973 and was the primary voice in 1980, usually presiding over Toronto Maple Leafs games on Saturday nights for 28 years. His role was scaled back after Rogers took over the coverage, but he can still he heard doing Montreal Canadiens games and Rogers Hometown Hockey, a Sunday night telecast airing on Sportsnet.

Others being recognized include actor Don McKellar, author Lawrence Hill, Indigo Books and Kobo founder Heather Reisman, women's hockey pioneer Fran Rider, ex Canada privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and geneticist Brenda Andrews.

There have been more than 6,000 people given the Order of Canada since its inception in 1967, created during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. 

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