September 23, 2012

The Goal Heard Around The World: Cole, Lecavalier, Moreau, Ozerov, Provided Alternate Calls


It has been called "the goal heard around the world."


For most of us, Foster Hewitt's ghostly words are as much a part of the series as the goal itself. It is probably the most recognizable sound byte in Canadian history.

But not everyone was listening to Foster Hewitt when Henderson scored that goal.

Some people were listening to the radio broadcast of the game. CBC's Bob Cole, now known for his many 
years on Hockey Night In Canada, had his own call of Henderson's goal.

''Cournoyer steals it. A pass in front, Henderson... was upended as he tried to shoot it. Here's another shot. HENDERSON RIGHT IN. HE SCORES!    HENDERSON!    The team powers over the board. They're mobbing Henderson. They're hugging Henderson. And Kenny Dryden,. . .  I've never seen a goaltender do that (inaudible) from one end of the ice to the other, over 200 feet, all the way. And team officials are over the boards. Henderson has got to be the hero of the entire nation now...34 seconds left. They have a 6-5 lead. Can they hang on'?'
And others still might have been listening to the Rene Lecavalier's call on the French broadcast.

"Cournoyer qui s'avance. Oh, Henderson a perdu la passe! Il a fait une chute. Et devant le but. ET LE BUT DE HENDERSON! Avec 34 secondes encore!"

Or perhaps someone was travelling or working and had to listen to Jacques Moreau's call on CBC French radio.

Of course if you were a fan of the Soviets,  you heard a much different reaction undoubtedly. Unfortunately finding the text of Russian broadcaster Nikolai Ozerov's call of the goal is proving to be almost impossible.

If by any chance you know of Ozerov's words, I'd love to be able to share them with the rest of the world. In that unlikely case please contact me.

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