Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Famer, and the original “Voice of the Huskies,” Bob Olson passed away on March 3 in Middletown, Conn., he was 87.
Olson was known as the Dean of Broadcasters in all of college hockey and did hockey play-by-play for 32 seasons until his retirement after the 2000-01 season, according to a MichiganTechHuskies.com press release.
While he started broadcasting Huskies sports with men’s basketball and football, a lengthy meeting with legendary hockey coach John MacInnes led to hockey’s addition to the WMPL lineup. Olson called his first Husky hockey game on November 13, 1970.
Olson is the originator of the WMPL College Hockey Poll—the first of its kind in the nation. WMPL also served as the clearinghouse for all of the country’s college hockey scores with its call-in score service run by Bob and his wife, Edda. She preceded him in death in 2000.
A true community-minded individual, Olson served as president of the Michigan Tech Blueline Club (1987-91), as a member of the Michigan Tech Community Advisory Committee, on Tech’s Sports Promotion Committee (1987-92), and on the Hockey Coach Search Committee (1992).
Olson was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He also received the Otto Breitenbach WCHA Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and the American Hockey Coaches Association Jim Fullerton Award in 1996 for someone “who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which our game was heading.”
The press box at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is named in his honor. The Bob Olson Broadcast Center was dedicated during Winter Carnival 2001. The Tech men’s basketball team hands out yearly the Bob Olson Award to the team’s top newcomer.
A memorial service for Olson will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at The Church of the Resurrection in Hancock, Mich.