On Friday night, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony.
Among the honourees were Canadian women’s soccer star Kristina Kiss, Senators GM Bryan Murray, the 1975 Vanier Cup winning University of Ottawa Gee-Gees football team, longtime GM and governor of the Gatineau/Hull Olympiques Charlie Henry, and play-by-play man Dave “The Voice” Schreiber.
A star-studded, well-deserving group bar none, though one of those individuals holds a special place in the hearts of the Ottawa 67’s organization.
Dave Schreiber called his first 67’s game over 40 years ago, in September 1974. Coincidentally, it was also Brian Kilrea’s first game was behind the Ottawa bench. Dave always says that he rode Killer’s coattails, but the legendary broadcaster has left his own mark on the Ottawa sports community.
If you’ve listened to Ottawa sports over the last four decades, you’ve likely heard “The Voice”.
Not only has Schreiber been the voice of the Ottawa 67’s, but he called games for the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders from 1992-96, Ottawa Renegades from 2002-05, and has been the backup play-by-man for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators since their inception in 1992.
Dave also worked as the track announcer at Rideau Carleton Raceway for over 16 years and voiced Canadian boxing events on the radio throughout the 1980s.
When he “officially” retired from the Ottawa 67’s in September 2012, he was honoured in a pre-game presentation. It occurred almost 38 years to the day of his first Barber Poles broadcast. During the ceremony, he was awarded a golden microphone by 67’s owner Jeff Hunt and longtime friend, Brian Kilrea.
Over his illustrious career, Schreiber was the voice of many important Ottawa 67’s games, including four Memorial Cups. And even though he’s lost track of exactly how many hockey games he called, Schreiber feels privileged to have been a part of such an exemplary organization.
“Junior hockey is in my blood, the Ottawa 67’s are in my blood, it’ll always be in my blood,” states Schreiber.
Well, from everyone who is or has been part of the Ottawa 67’s over years, “Congrats Voice! You deserve it.”
You can hear “The Voice” himself on TSN 1200, as Ian Mendes and Shawn Simpson spoke with him about being honoured by the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
To read more about Dave’s favourite 67’s moments check this out.