Budd Lynch, a Detroit Red Wings icon who began his career with the organization in 1949 as a broadcaster, has died. He was 95.
Lynch, with his distinctive voice, served as the public address announcer at Joe Louis Arena since 1982.
The Windsor native joined the Essex Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Forces during World War II, when he lost his right arm in combat.
Lynch had been with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires when Red Wings general manager Jack Adams asked him to join the team to call games. Lynch attempted to retire in 1975 but GM Alex Delvecchio brought him back as the team's director of publicity.
Lynch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 as the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.