Canucks, Lions Broadcaster Rick Ball Leaves for Flames TV Job


By Jim Jamieson, The Province August 25, 2014

  • Lions and Canucks broadcaster Rick Ball moving to Calgary

Rick Ball, who has been at TEAM 1040 radio for 11 years, will cover Flames TV games for Rogers Sportsnet.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , PROVINCE


TEAM 1040 radio is about to lose one of its top broadcasters, The Province has learned.

According to sources, Rick Ball — who does play-by-play for the sports radio station’s B.C. Lions and Vancouver Canucks broadcasts — will be leaving Vancouver to take on a similar position with Rogers Sportsnet in Calgary, where he’ll call the Flames TV games in the coming season.

Ball’s departure, which is expected to be officially announced this week, will leave big shoes to fill at TEAM 1040.

TEAM 1040 program director Mike Whittingham said Monday via text message that there’s “nothing much more we can say right now.”

Ball, who has been at TEAM 1040 for 11 years, has also been a part of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team. Earlier in his broadcast career, Ball called games for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.


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  1. Rick Ball must have been given a great offer by Rogers to leave the situation he is in now. Living in Vancouver and calling Lions/Canucks games on the radio sounds like a great situation.

  2. Probaly an issue of The Team 1040 owned by TSN now and Sportsnet’s affiliation with the NHL. I would assume Sportsnet wants Ball’s GREAT hockey coverage somewhere on their staff to help with all the games they have to cover.

  3. Message

    my name is Pieter Smit from the Netherlands. I was born in 1953. in elementary school I have been with Rick Ball (the hockey player) after 60 years we want to have a reunion and I / we contact Rick. can you put me in touch with him. that would be very nice.
    Rick Ball lived in Eindhoven on the Noord Brabantlaan. and if so you can put me in touch with him.
    Pieter Smit
    De Veldhuizen 25
    Email: pw******@gm***.com
    Drenthe ,Nederland
    MOB tel: +31649635195


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