Discussion in 'Ottawa Senators' started by mianjo, Oct 5, 2018.
Last night was his last game.
when you can't even afford stuntman stu
Another one bites the dust, this sucks.
Hope it's not health related.
This actually makes me quite sad.
"We pay him how much?" - Eugene Melnyk
Goodbye and good riddance. Jackass wants them to keep playing Cotton Eye Joe.
Here's to hoping it isn't health related
Actually... looks like it
I always, always got goosebumps when he'd say
Forever itched in my mind
Taking over for Stuntman Stu is an up and coming PA Announcer, he goes by the name Stugene Melnick, no relation to the owner, purely coincidental, AND he comes at half the price.
Noticed last night, that he was not up to form, when announcing the players during the opening ceremony ....... hope it's not health related.
Ugh, that's a gut punch right there.
Get well, Stu. Health always comes first.
It's incredible how bad lucked the Sens entourage has been regarding health the last few years.
I'll miss ya stu.
Shame we can't have a thread wishing Stu well in his battle against leukemia without Melnyk and money jokes.
“Stuntman” Stu Schwartz’s full statement:
Last night was my last one behind the mic for the Ottawa Senators. It wasn’t an easy decision to come to – but it’s one that’s best for me and my family. Like a lot of Canadian kids growing up in Montreal, one of my dreams was to play in the NHL. If you’ve seen me play hockey, you know that’s impossible so I had pursue my dream another way.
Fast forward to the summer of 2006 when I became the PA announcer (hired by Glen Gower) for the Ottawa Senators. It was the closest thing I’d ever have to being a player on the ice and I never took the job for granted every single time I walked into that arena.
It was a dream come true.
Calling players names at the start of each game was such a rush – I was nervous and excited every single time I opened the mic.
And those players were always so welcoming, they always made me feel like a part of the team… like one of the guys.
When I was diagnosed with Leukemia the outpouring of support from Sens fans, the players, the wives and the organization – from security staff, suite hosts, right up to the front office was incredible. To this day there are not enough words of gratitude and thanks – that feeling of support and love I will take with me forever. But truth is the effects of all that treatment (chemo, radiation) and the medication (that I’m still taking) has finally caught up with me.
I don’t announce calls like I use to, and the act of burning the candle on both ends isn’t something I can do anymore. I would often joke, the Sens gig pays the groceries, the job on the radio at MAJIC 100 FM pays the mortgage.
The role of PA announcer for the Ottawa Senators afforded me so many incredible opportunities – from calling games at 2 Olympics, NHL All Star game, NHL draft, announcer for the NHL awards, NHL outdoor game to name a few.
More importantly, it also allowed me to meet thousands of Sens fans over the years, you’re a passionate fan base. Don’t ever lose that and don’t ever take for granted how lucky we are as a city to have an NHL team in our backyard.
I’ll continue to work with the Ottawa Senators doing some events throughout the year with the Senators foundation and alumni.
Until then I look forward to going to games with my kids, it’ll be a new experience that I look forward to, because ultimately family is the most important thing.
To the game night crew, please continue playing Cotton Eyed Joe, and doing what you do best. I’m truly going to miss working with you.
And lastly to the Sens fans, I hope I did you proud each and every game night, it was an honour and a privilege to be your PA announcer over the last 12 years.
Thank you, Un gros merci, GO SENS GO!
I will miss Stuntman Stu's voice calling all those goals, special moments, events, tributes. It won't be the same without him calling the games. I wish him and his family the best. They deserve to have him back after all he's given to the Sens over the years. Now he gets to spend more time with his family while still taking care of himself.
I am very relieved to see it doesn't sound like the cancer is back but just that he needs to relax.
Still sad to see him go but knowing that it isn't life threatening makes it a lot easier.
All the best Stu, you take care
All the best to him. Odd that he'd go after the first game of the season, but if he wanted one more game then understandable.
My guess would be he probably made the decision in the offseason, and last night's game was a "retirement" game so to speak.
He mentioned on the radio that his replacement was at a wedding so he called the game in his place. It worked out really well though because that gave him a final game to call after he'd made the decision.
Meh, he never had a good voice for it.
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