Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Pens Lose Their "Voice"

Last night long-time PA announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Barbero, lost his long battle with a brain tumor.

"On behalf of the entire Penguins organization, I want to express our deepest sympathy to John's family," said Lemieux, now the team's owner. "John was one of a kind, a true professional, and he always will be remembered as a member of the Penguins family. He will be missed."

You may not have known his name, but I can guarantee that you know (and will forever remember) his voice if you attended any games prior to the 2009-2010 season.  He was the voice of the Penguins at the Igloo for four decades.  It was just something that you took for granted, but you [have felt] will feel the void now that it's gone.  His voice was melodius and "easy on the ears."  And its a voice that will forever remain part of Penguins history in that he's made many memorable calls for some of the most unforgettable Penguins moments and it seems only appropriate that his legacy ends around the same time the Igloo's does.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Barbero, I would hope that I can hear you call a Penguins game once again if I ever make my way to Heaven! : )

If you would like to learn about John Barbero and his history with the Penguins organization, VISIT THE PENGUINS WEBPAGE HERE!!

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