BOSTON — Now in his 11th season as the Bruins’ radio play-by-play voice of the Bruins, Dave Goucher is well aware of the legacy he’s been carrying on from the days of Bob Wilson.
Goucher and every radio commentator to enter TD Garden from now on will be reminded of that legacy because today the Bruins named the ninth-floor home radio booth in Wilson’s honor.
Wilson was the voice of the Bruins for 25 years through 1995. Like Goucher in present time, Wilson was known for his straight-forward style of calling a game and his God-like voice that practically guaranteed there’d be only one career for him.
“I don’t know how to put it. It validates a career if you will,” Wilson said after Bruins president Cam Neely led a brief ceremony to unveil a plaque in Wilson’s honor outside the booth. “I’m just honored beyond words with this move by Bruins management. It’s just wonderful.”
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative microphone was unveiled on the ninth-floor facade similar to the one honoring longtime television voice Fred Cusick. And Wilson dropped the ceremonial first puck.
Between periods, Wilson was the guest of Goucher and color commentator Bob Beers on 98.5 The Sports Hub. It was a rare opportunity for Goucher to be on the air with his idol.
“It’s such a rare opportunity to get the chance to be in his company,” said Goucher. “Any time you get the chance, you have to cherish it. I’m glad that [the Bruins] are doing this for him and he has the opportunity to be here for it.”
Wilson, now retired and living in New Hampshire, recalled the 1972 Stanley Cup-clinching game at Madison Square Garden in New York as his most cherished memory from all his years describing Bruins games.
“Well, the Stanley Cup in 1972 was certainly a highlight of my career,” Wilson said. “It’s the last Stanley Cup goal that the Bruins scored. It’s interesting. Phil Esposito told me after the game that Bobby [Orr] came up to him on that final faceoff, with about 20 seconds, 30 seconds left in the game, he said ‘give the puck to me and I’ll kill it’ – Bobby talking to Phil. ‘Get it to me and I’ll take care of the rest.’”
The Bruins took care of that Cup win and Wilson’s career marched on.
As for Goucher, he not only got the chance to talk with the radio legend but also received some kind words from Wilson, who said he was proud of both Goucher and Bruins television voice Jack Edwards.
“[Goucher] does a nice job. It’s a basic job, and that’s really all you have to do. You don’t have to be interpreting all the time,” said Wilson. “You can do a straightforward game – up and down, around and about.”
The Bruins and their fans are lucky that Wilson’s influence is still being felt and Bruins games still sound just about the same as they did when Wilson was making the calls. It that way, Wilson’s legacy lives on both in sound and in the name on the wall.