Steve Armitage

Steve Armitage (born June 20, 1944)[1] is an English-born Canadian sports reporter formerly with CBC Sports.[2] He reported on and hosted Hockey Night in Canada for the Vancouver Canucks for nearly 30 years,[3] the Canadian Football League and Grey Cup for 30 years, the Olympics including speed skating, swimming and diving, and the World Cup. Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, he was raised in Victoria, British Columbia and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.[4] He attended Saint Mary's University, Halifax where he played football quarterback.[5]

Armitage won the 1982 ACTRA Foster Hewitt Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting and he was nominated for a Gemini Award in 1998 for his coverage of speed skating at the Winter Olympics. In 2006, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.[6]

Armitage was one of the two play-by-play announcers (the other being Nigel Reed) announcing for CBC Sports in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Paul Dolan was the analyst alongside Armitage.[7] He called swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics for CBC.[8]

Armitage was laid off by the CBC in August 2014 due to cuts to sports programming and the loss of hockey coverage to Rogers Media.[9] He did, however, return to work for CBC at 2018 Olympics to call the long track speed skating events.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Steve Armitage Collection Archives". Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  2. ^ "CBC's Steve Armitage will miss Rio Olympics". Awful Announcing. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. ^ Baluja, Tamara. "CBC lays off veteran sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee". j-source.ca.
  4. ^ "Steve Armitage". CBC.ca.
  5. ^ "Saint Mary's University | Steve Armitage". smu.ca. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Steve Armitage". BC Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Can U-20s give boost to ratings? - Toronto Star". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
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  9. ^ "CBC lays off veteran sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee amid budget cuts - Toronto Star". Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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