Jim Martin retires as Bruins PA announcer

Discussion in 'Boston Bruins' started by Fenway, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Fenway

    Fenway Administrator Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2007
    Messages:
    41,612
    Likes Received:
    28,740
    Trophy Points:
    255
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Boston-Cambridge MA
    Jim Martin announced his retirement on Facebook this afternoon
    This posting is a little long. Please bear with me.

    In April 1993 the Boston Bruins called and asked if I was available to finish out the season as PA announcer at the old Boston Garden. It was the second round of playoffs against the New Jersey Devils. A few hours later I was sitting center ice in a building I often snuck into as a kid to The first in-game announcement - a penalty to Ray Bourque. The penalty box was so small we sat next to one other, knees nearly touching. I couldn’t believe it. Here I was, working for the Boston Bruins and I am sitting next to Ray Bourque in Boston Garden. For the next 26 seasons I had the privilege of sitting in that chair as voice of the Bruins.

    There comes a time when we all have to make tough decisions with our head and not our heart. It’s time for the next person to have the same privilege to sit in the chair and to be the voice of the Boston Bruins. I have 26 seasons of fabulous memories. Three Cup Finals, a Stanley Cup parade and Stanley Cup championship ring (thank you Mr. Jacobs!), two Winter Classics, an NHL All-Star Game, banner raisings, including Ray Bourque’s, the privilege of calling over 1,000 games, to name just a few.

    There were somber moments, too. Among them, the first game played after the marathon bombings, honoring first responders and military personnel who over the years gave their lives to protect us, and the passing of so many great Bruins.

    I can’t possibly count the number friends I made along the way. The list of people to thank is endless. From management past (thank you Nate Greenberg for calling me up from the Providence Bruins and keeping me around and Heidi Holland as my guiding light) to the present (Cam Neely and Don Sweeney for allowing me to hang around all these years), the staff, bull gang, ushers, off-ice officials, and of course the players. Trust me when I tell you hockey players are THE most genuine and caring good guys in all of professional sports. Thank you to the army of incredibly hard working behind the scenes staff. People you never see or hear who work their tails off every game to ensure fans have the best game-night experience possible. They made my job fun and easy.

    With that I say thank you to my family, particularly my wife and biggest fan Lisa Kilby, who supported my every step of this incredible journey. My 26 season run has been a privilege for which I will be forever grateful.
     
  2. Seidenbergy

    Seidenbergy Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2012
    Messages:
    5,855
    Likes Received:
    1,703
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Damn. 26 seasons is a hell of a run. It'll take awhile to get used to a different voice.
     
  3. bbfan419

    bbfan419 Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    2,950
    Likes Received:
    780
    Trophy Points:
    139
    Location:
    Moncton NB
    Sad to see him go, he is in my mind the best PA guy in the NHL. Going to miss all those woooos.
     
    BigGoalBrad, sarge88 and Chief Nine like this.
  4. GabeTravels

    GabeTravels Born & Bred In Maine Sponsor

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Messages:
    3,280
    Likes Received:
    756
    Trophy Points:
    109
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Love Jim...hope he enjoys retirement.
     
  5. smithformeragent

    smithformeragent Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Messages:
    20,879
    Likes Received:
    4,764
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Occupation:
    \
    Location:
    Manchester NH
    This sucks.
     
    BigGoalBrad likes this.
  6. Spooner st

    Spooner st Registered User Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2007
    Messages:
    6,083
    Likes Received:
    2,122
    Trophy Points:
    157
    Gender:
    Male
    Every good thing comes to an end.
     
  7. JRull86

    JRull86 One Greasy DeBrusk

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    22,229
    Likes Received:
    6,854
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Location:
    Abington
    Sad. Hope whoever replaces him doesn't continue the "wooo" thing, wouldn't be the same.
     
    Lo97 and VTBruin37 like this.
  8. McGarnagle

    McGarnagle Yes.

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2017
    Messages:
    10,266
    Likes Received:
    9,710
    Trophy Points:
    141
    It's not going to be the same. No Rene Rancourt and now no Jim Martin? Times are changing in the Garden.

    I wonder who gets the job now. Didn't Marc Bertrand fill in a few times in recent years?
     
    Boston Bruno likes this.
  9. smithformeragent

    smithformeragent Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Messages:
    20,879
    Likes Received:
    4,764
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Occupation:
    \
    Location:
    Manchester NH
    There’s always a sub during the Paw Sox home opener if I recall.

    They still do the Ric Flair thing and it’s not the same.
     
  10. 4ORRBRUIN

    4ORRBRUIN Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2005
    Messages:
    10,317
    Likes Received:
    2,670
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    slave to life
    Location:
    boston
    Good luck, he was great
     
  11. talkinaway

    talkinaway Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2014
    Messages:
    5,525
    Likes Received:
    2,033
    Trophy Points:
    127
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    ThomasOrr, Clapper, Esposito
    Sad to see him go. A damn good announcer. He knew his moments, too - the loudest I've ever heard the Garden was Game 5 this year when he announced, in his booming voice, that Zdeno Chara - broken jaw and all - was a starter. That particular moment was executed to perfection.

    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but Jim doesn't actually "woo" at games, does he? He has a "woo" button, right? At least that's what I've assumed. I honestly have no feelings about the "woo" itself - it's not unique to Boston. If he were the very first one to record and use Ric Flair's "woo" in a non-wrestling context...yeah, retire it. But I don't think that's the case.
     
    Lo97 likes this.
  12. Fenway

    Fenway Administrator Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2007
    Messages:
    41,612
    Likes Received:
    28,740
    Trophy Points:
    255
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Boston-Cambridge MA
     
    Dr Hook likes this.
  13. smithformeragent

    smithformeragent Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Messages:
    20,879
    Likes Received:
    4,764
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Occupation:
    \
    Location:
    Manchester NH
    It’s a recording.
     
    TP, Lo97, bbfan419 and 1 other person like this.
  14. Chief Nine

    Chief Nine HFBoards Sponsor Sponsor

    Joined:
    May 31, 2015
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    13,287
    Trophy Points:
    141
    He was great. His voice was just perfect for what he did. I hope he enjoys his retirement
     
  15. PB37

    PB37 Mr Selke

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2002
    Messages:
    19,177
    Likes Received:
    4,807
    Trophy Points:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Maine
    I'm sad to see him go, but i hope he has a splendid retirement. He has been a part of so many good memories and I definitely feel privileged to have been around for the ride. Thank you, Jim.
     
  16. PatriceBergeronFan

    PatriceBergeronFan HFBoards Sponsor Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2011
    Messages:
    37,444
    Likes Received:
    9,129
    Trophy Points:
    205
    Location:
    USA
    He and Rene gone is a shame.
     
  17. Fenway

    Fenway Administrator Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2007
    Messages:
    41,612
    Likes Received:
    28,740
    Trophy Points:
    255
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Boston-Cambridge MA
    Jim loved these surprises

     
    eightspokedb likes this.
  18. Donnie Shulzhoffer

    Donnie Shulzhoffer Rocket Surgery Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    12,662
    Likes Received:
    6,458
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Foxboro, MA
    It always stuck with me with the first Winter Classic at Fenway and his voice booming over the PA.

    It just added to the magic of that day.
     
    TP likes this.
  19. smithformeragent

    smithformeragent Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Messages:
    20,879
    Likes Received:
    4,764
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Occupation:
    \
    Location:
    Manchester NH
    The announcement of Thomas making the USA team at the end of the WC.

    Chills
     
    TP, crimsonace and Donnie Shulzhoffer like this.
  20. KnightofBoston

    KnightofBoston Charlie MackTruck

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Messages:
    17,210
    Likes Received:
    1,868
    Trophy Points:
    157
    Occupation:
    Science Education
    Location:
    Easthampton, Ma
    Efffffffff that.

    But I hope he enjoys, we will miss him
     
  21. Glove Malfunction

    Glove Malfunction Ference is my binky Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Messages:
    14,067
    Likes Received:
    6,060
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Occupation:
    EMR Consultant
    Location:
    OK, it's hot now, AZ
    It's so consistent, it doesn't surprise me that it's a recording. It sounds like it's Jim's voice too. if so, then I'm all in for keeping that recording and letting there be a little bit of Jim Martin in each Bruins game going forward.
     
  22. Donnie Shulzhoffer

    Donnie Shulzhoffer Rocket Surgery Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    12,662
    Likes Received:
    6,458
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Foxboro, MA
    Audio of Rick Flair
     
    smithformeragent and talkinaway like this.
  23. FribbleLine

    FribbleLine Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2014
    Messages:
    2,662
    Likes Received:
    581
    Trophy Points:
    109
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Ocean State
    That sucks
     
  24. Glove Malfunction

    Glove Malfunction Ference is my binky Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Messages:
    14,067
    Likes Received:
    6,060
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Occupation:
    EMR Consultant
    Location:
    OK, it's hot now, AZ
    I've tried to find a definitive answer, and haven't found one. But the voice sounds a lot more like Jim Martin's than Ric Flair's
     
  25. Donnie Shulzhoffer

    Donnie Shulzhoffer Rocket Surgery Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    12,662
    Likes Received:
    6,458
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Foxboro, MA
    It sure does sound like Jim but it is Rick Flair
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
monitoring_string = "358c248ada348a047a4b9bb27a146148"