Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pat Connolly, Nova Scotia Sports Writer and Broadcaster, Dies at 84

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pat Connolly, Nova Scotia Sports Writer and Broadcaster, Dies at 84

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Nova Scotia sportscaster Pat Connolly dies

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia sports writer and hockey announcer Pat Connolly died Tuesday at the age of 84.

Connolly, a native of Sydney, N.S., was known for his weekly newspaper columns and as the radio commentator for several hockey teams in Halifax during his 35-year career.

He was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Up until three years ago, Connolly was also the public address announcer for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Bill Estabrooks, an NDP member of the legislature and friend of Connolly's, remembered the sportscaster as a raconteur and mainstay of the province's sports scene.

He said Connolly was well-known to sports fans at a time when every radio station had its own sports journalists.

"He had such a golden voice. It was unbelievable. It was just a golden delivery he had," Estabrooks said. "He was a one-of-a-kind."

Estabrooks said when he was a school principal in Halifax, Connolly was also known as a supporter of up-and-coming athletes. …

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