He also made his mark in various newsrooms across B.C., including at CKNW where he started as a news anchor in 1965.
He began working with the Canucks as their public address announcer in 1987. During his time with the NHL, he worked through two Stanley Cup appearances.
“The one thing that stands out is that iconic voice of his that people from around here, and his years at the coliseum with the Canucks and at Rogers Arena, like Vince Scully is to baseball,” he said.
“That voice that John has for hockey is something that we’re all going to miss a lot.”
“No question about it we won the lottery when John Ashbridge got involved with the Vancouver Giants.”
John McKitrick worked side by side with Ashbridge on the CKNW news desk.
“He was always a pleasure to work with because he was a happy go lucky type of workman. I mean he was very serious, he was very thorough as well in his work, but at the same time it was always a pleasure to be on the desk with him,” said McKitrick.
And Dan Russell who hosted “SportsTalk” on CKNW remembers him fondly.
“He was a giant to me on the CKNW morning news with Frosty, Big Al, John Ashbridge coming, those were quite the radio days.”
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Via Facebook, longtime CKNW ace reporter George Garrett offered this praise:
Ash did it all!
John Ashbridge did everything well. He was great on the air and so competent at everything he did in the studio or the news booth. John McKitrick and I once talked about Ash as being one of the best news broadcasters in the market…right up there with Warren Barker. He loved his work and it showed.
Hockey fans and radio listeners lost a great voice. We lost a friend.
Courtesy Gord Lansdell’s Vancouver Broadcasters website, here is John’s radio itinerary:
John Ashbridge – Operator at age 13 CJVI Victoria 1960-61; on air CFAX Victoria 1962-64; CJOR Vancouver 1964; general announcer CKNW New Westminster 1965-67; CFUN Vancouver 1967; CKNW 1967-70; News Director CJCI Prince George 1970-73; CKNW 1973-80; television news Australia 1980-81; news then senior newsman and Manager Network Operations CKNW 1981-2005; retired from radio; public address announcer Vancouver Canucks 1987-current; PA announcer Vancouver Giants 2004-current. RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award 2005.