CHL on TSN Play by Play Announcer Victor Findlay joins Habs on TSN 690
A familiar name to fans across the Ontario Hockey League, TSN 690 has added seasoned sports broadcaster Victor Findlay to its lineup as play-by-play announcer for Montreal Canadiens game broadcasts this season.
A native of Courtice, Ont., Findlay as been covering games on TSN for over four years, and has been a key member in the Ontario Hockey League’s coverage, calling the 2023 OHL Championship Series, two Memorial Cups, two OHL Cups, the IIHF U18 World Championship, and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
“Everyday I get to call championship hockey, it’s a very rare and unique experience. It doesn’t matter what level of hockey it is, when there’s a championship on the line, it’s a special game”, said Findlay. “It’s difficult to put into words what it’s like to be a part of those games as a broadcaster and what it’s like to see a team finally reach their ultimate goal.”
In addition, Findlay has also had the opportunity to call Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators games for TSN, as well as leant his voice to the Champions Hockey League and has covered hockey at the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
“It would be an understatement to say I’m thrilled for this opportunity. I’ve had a few chances to call NHL games in the past on a fill-in basis, but now to be able to go to work everyday in one of the best hockey markets in the world, covering the best players in the world is very special to me.”
Looking back on his time spent covering the OHL, Victor shares his favourite moments.
“It’s tough to point to one particular moment, because there’s been so many that collectively have made the experience of being a junior hockey commentator so great for me. It’s the moments you experience riding the bus after a big win, chatting with the trainers before warm-up, or watching 15-16-year-old players come into the league and really flourish as players and people by the time they graduate.”
“There’s nothing like small-town junior hockey at its best, so getting to cover an OHL Championship Series in Peterborough felt like a truly genuine and classic junior hockey experience. That will be a series I won’t forget anytime soon.”
#OHLChampionship Game 4 Players to Watch:@Victor_Findlay and @MarcMethot3 highlight @PetesOHLhockey's Tucker Robertson and @LondonKnights forwards Denver Barkey and Easton Cowan who make their return to the lineup tonight. #LDNvsPBO pic.twitter.com/JiTjPa02id
— Ontario Hockey League (@OHLHockey) May 17, 2023
Gearing up to call his first game for TSN 690 on Monday night, Findlay speaks on the growth of former OHL players, as he gets to watch them on the big stage.
“I remember calling some of Nick Suzuki’s games when he was with the Owen Sound Attack and in particular watching his OHL championship run with Guelph in 2019 and being so impressed with his play. Now I get to watch him every night and see how far he’s come as a player and as a captain.”
“The Habs are a very promising young team with a lot of exciting talent coming out of the OHL, so while they’re still in the processing of building upwards, watching young players like Owen Beck and Arber Xhekaj realize their potential and make that step to the next level will be a lot of fun for me to watch.”
As Victor starts his new journey with the Habs, the Ontario Hockey League wishes him great success!