(WXYZ) - The Detroit Red Wings longtime public address announcer Budd Lynch has died at the age of 95.
Sources say Lynch passed away at the Oakwood Skilled Nursing Home on Rotunda in Dearborn at 5 a.m. A representative from the R J Nixon Funeral Home in Wyandotte says arrangements are pending.
Lynch began as the public address announcer for the Detroit Red Wings in 1985. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement on the passing of Lynch:
Budd Lynch had seen so much Red Wings history, had become so much a part of their heritage, that no visit to Joe Louis Arena for a Red Wings home game felt truly 'official' without hearing his voice. The National Hockey League mourns the passing of a war hero, a Hall of Famer and an outstanding ambassador for the game. We send heartfelt condolences to his family, the Red Wings and their fans.
According to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Lynch was the radio broadcast voice of the Red Wings from 1949 to 1975 and served as both the team's public and community relations director.
Lynch's Hall of Fame plaque reads:
"A true ambassador of goodwill for the Detroit Red Wings as well as the National Hockey League, Budd has been around the Red Wings for more than four decades... He is one of this state's most colorful radio and television personalities having worked at one time or another with Windsor's CKLW, WWJ Radio and Television, WXYZ-TV and WJR Radio. He has seen all the great ones and recalls that his greatest hockey memory was being an integral part of the Detroit Red Wings during their great four-year Stanley Cup Championships between 1950 and 1955."
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