HUMBOLDT, SASK.—A plan to bring hockey broadcasters in from across the country to call Humboldt Broncos games this season will not go ahead.
Instead, local radio station CHBO Bolt FM has hired an up-and-coming Winnipeg broadcaster to take over for Tyler Bieber, its play-by-play voice who was killed along with 15 others in last April’s Broncos bus crash.
Rory McGouran, 27, said he knew after the crash that he wanted to be part of the radio station’s team.
“People ask me on how you fill Tyler’s shoes. You can’t. No one can,” McGouran said. “I’m not Tyler, no one can wear those shoes.”
Bieber, 29, was in his first year calling games for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Broncos. He also coached high school football and basketball in the small Saskatchewan city.
After the crash, Saskatoon radio broadcaster and voice of the Western Hockey League Saskatoon Blades Les Lazaruk suggested online that other broadcasters step up and call games this season.