“Would Keep His Audience Laughing” – Hockey Community Mourns the Loss of 70-Year-Old Minnesota Broadcaster With Colorful Legacy

Published 12/11/2023, 1:14 PM EST

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Weaving a captivating trail of witty commentating in pro hockey tournaments, an orator with inimitable flair left behind his worldly engagements on December 9. With his sensational presence culminating sport and humor in fans’ hearts for five long decades, Doug McLeod was reported to have passed away at 70. 

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This luminary of microphone announcements in professional hockey was popular for his spontaneous responses, adorning Minnesota games with an unmatched charm. However, behind the curtains of McLeod’s vivacious persona, there lay a story for more enigmatic, landing career hurdles due to a no-filter approach. Ensuring playful elaborations on the rink, the sports community now mourns his vibrant memories. 

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Traversing through diverse landscapes of hockey commentary, McLeod’s vivid career ranged from the televised North Stars’ triumphs to the Gophers’ men’s seasons. Remarkably, he was not just a mere describer of the gaming events but always opted for light-hearted takes in explaining the on-rink battles. 

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While his resonating voice painted humorous pictures, McLeod’s articulation usually brimmed with colorful phrases. Subsequently, the renowned hockey commentator was also an expert in placing imaginative contexts, incorporating lively excitement for countless fans. 

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His notable tenure in hockey championships exhibited multiple landmarks, including McLeod’s stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Arizona Coyotes camps. While venturing beyond the sport’s influence, the late announcer even lent his booming voice to other professional territories. 

As he began working for the St. Paul Saints baseball team, McLeod’s versatility outside hockey games was visible during his Lynx basketball commentaries. But that was not all for this legendary announcer, who won hearts with his long-term association with the Gophers’ crew. 

While McLeod’s commentary was not just about goals and victories, he had become the hockey team’s consistent voice for 16 annual seasons. Starting this joint approach in 1978, Doug subsequently made a return to his Fox Sports role, spanning from 2012 to 2019. With a masterful play of words, his popular stances included describing a puck hit as a ‘metallurgy save.’ 

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Whenever an impressive goal landed his attention, the playful hockey commentator used to share quirky exclamations like “Buy that man a five-dollar cigar”, as claimed by his colleagues. However, McLeod’s legacy was not confined solely to his remarkable broadcasting career; it had been a fusion of charisma and controversy. 

After his separation from the hockey broadcasting scene in 2019 amid a controversy over inappropriate comments, McLeod was bound to share his perception. “If you know me and my work, you know that I may be capable of bad humor but never bad intent,” were his candid words, while his friends widely respected Doug’s Twin Cities presence. 

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With the news of his tragic passing from heart issues coming across the hockey community, McLeod’s fans and colleagues mourned his effective yet playful soul. Significantly, the current Gophers radio analyst, Frank Mazzocco, also expressed his words of remembrance, stating, “I would call him flamboyant.” 

Elaborating on the late hockey icon’s profound influence behind the microphone, Mazzocco mentioned, “I feel like I owe him so much” while adding, “He would keep his audience laughing.”

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Marking his saddening departure, Doug McLeod’s loss did not just bring an end to his oratory skills but also left a void in colorful hockey expressions. As the final buzzer sounds on his life’s commentary, the iconic announcer was remembered for his art of storytelling, forever etched in the hearts of countless fans. 

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