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Living Your Greatness

Sep 5, 2021

Dick Irvin, Jr. is a retired Canadian sports broadcaster and author. Dick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 under the broadcasters category. In 2004, Dick was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Dick is also a graduate of McGill University where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce. While attending university from 1951 to 1953, he played hockey for McGill’s varsity team and worked part-time as an assistant to the equipment manager of the Montreal Canadiens, the team his father coached at the time.

Dick talks about his experience playing hockey at McGill University and explains why it was so memorable to him. Then, Dick speaks about why he was a Maples Leafs fan before becoming a Montreal Canadiens fan. Afterwards, Dick describes what his father, Dick Irvin Senior was like as a coach and how he motivated/developed his players. 

Dick explains how he got started in broadcasting the game of hockey and who his favourite broadcaster was growing up. He talks about what it was like working with Danny Gallivan and shares a couple of stories. Dick had many fond memories of broadcasting games with “ Hockey Night in Canada” discusses some memorable hockey moments.

Dick then gives his opinion on who were some of the most talented Montreal Canadiens players that ever laced up a pair of skates. Dick watched some of the best NHL players and leaders in hockey. He talks about what he believes separates a good player from a great player. Lastly, Dick defines the word greatness and what it means to him. 

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