HAMILTON — Joe Bowen will indeed have a microphone in front of him and a Maple Leafs record in the books for this coming hockey season.
While rumours the team would opt for a TV simulcast of its 82 regular-season games never came to pass in the summer, Bowen did confirm on Saturday he and partner Jim Ralph are back on radio.
“It looks like everything is good to go and we’re looking forward to it,” the 72-year-old Hall of Famer said at the ceremony to rededicate Pat Quinn Arena in Hamilton’s Parkdale neighbourhood. “It’s my 42nd season and I’m really proud of that because Foster Hewitt (the first to call Leaf games on radio in the 1920s) did it for 41.”
But it seems the policy of Rogers and TSN, who are co-owners of the team, is to keep the duo at home in studio to work road games for now. Many pro sports teams started that policy during COVID-19 travel restrictions, though audience interest did help Bowen and Ralph get to Florida during the second round of the playoffs.