Longtime Red Wings announcer Lynch dies at 95

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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Beginning in the 1949-50 National Hockey League season, Lynch began calling televised Red Wings games for WWJ in Detroit. He did play-by-play during four Stanley Cup championship campaigns that decade. Lynch became the play-by-play announcer for the Red Wings on the radio starting in 1960 and held the job for the next 15 years.

He later served as the team's director of publicity and the public address announcer at "the Joe."

"Budd Lynch will forever be synonymous with the Detroit Red Wings," general manager Ken Holland said. "He experienced it all in his 63 years with the organization. He had a vast knowledge of the game and the stories he could tell would have anyone who loves the sport mesmerized for hours."

Lynch was honored in 1985 by the NHL Broadcasters Association with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame and was enshrined nine years later in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

He was given the Ty Tyson Award for excellence in broadcasting in 2005 by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Lynch is survived by his daughters, Janis, Valerie, Mary, Francey, Patricia and Lori.