Friday, January 31, 2014

Today In NHL History - John Shorthouse

On January 31st in 1970, broadcaster John Shorthouse was born in Vancouver, BC. Best known as the voice of the Vancouver Canucks and for leading the charge to the in-flight buffet, Shorty collected his first play-by-play payday calling a Canucks game in March 1998.

In September 1999, Shorthouse inherited the full-time radio role from Gemini Award winner Jim Hughson, working alongside color-man Tom Larscheid. Since September 2007, Shorthouse has split his duties between Rogers Sportsnet, Canucks pay-per-view, and the Team 1040.


The Canucks have played 12 times on Shorty's birthday, 5 of which he called, posting a record of 8-3-1 and collecting points in all but one.

Year: Team - Score
1971: v. BUF --- 6-1L
1978: v. WAS -- 4-2W
1986: v. MIN -- 10-5W
1989: v. EDM -- 6-2W
1991: v. NYR --- 3-3T
1994: v. LAK --- 3-1W
1998: @EDM -- 6-3W
2004: @WAS -- 6-1W
2006: @PHO -- 7-4W
2008: @TBL --, 4-3OTL
2009: v. MIN -- 4-3OTL
2012: v. CHI --- 3-2OTW

Career highlights include winning $20,000 with Tom Larscheid in the Canucks 50/50 draw (2005), calling a game with superfan Michael Buble (2009), joining the Burnaby crooner onstage for a duet in Vancouver (2010), and covering the club during the Cup Final (2011).

Shorthouse credits his broadcasting success to following around veteran voice Jim Hughson and taking the jobs he no longer wants.

That's today in NHL history.

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