The world of sports has lost a major figure, as legendary sportscaster Al McCann has passed away.
In his decades covering sports in Edmonton, he brought Edmontonians highlights during the Oilers glory days, in addition to countless other milestone sporting events in Alberta’s capital city.
McCann’s career started in the late 1950s, when he covered sports at a radio station in Lethbridge.
In 1963, McCann moved north to Edmonton, where he began his 30 year stint at CFRN – now CTV Edmonton.
He started as a sports announcer, eventually working his way to Sports Director – covering 28 CFL Grey Cups, numerous Stanley Cup championships, and curling Briers.
McCann retired from broadcasting in 1993, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame that same year.
One of his last public appearances was in the fall of 2013 – at the unveiling of ‘The Sportscasters’ mural, located at 100 Avenue and 50 Street, as part of the ‘Giants of Edmonton’ series of murals.
McCann was 85-years-old.
Al was my first boss during my radio sports gig at CJOC Lethbridge in 1959…great guy to work for and with, and a wonderful mentor and friend to a young guy starting out. Al was always a class act. RIP, my friend..
Meryl Grant A loss indeed