T-birds radio voice Bruce McDonald dies at 41
McDonald, the radio play-by-play voice of the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team for the past 11 seasons, died Wednesday of leukemia at age 41.
Bruce McDonald, a radio play-by-play voice of the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team for the past 11 seasons, died Wednesday of leukemia at age 41.
McDonald was diagnosed in April and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy.
McDonald, who had cerebral palsy, had been a hockey fan since he was 12 and regularly attended Seattle Breakers games in a wheelchair.
In 1983, Breakers coach Marc Boileau asked McDonald to help the team keep statistics, and he was a member of the organization since then. He joined the broadcast team for the 1998-99 season and later began doing play-by-play.
"This is a sad day for the Thunderbirds family and our fans," said Russ Farwell, president and general manager. "Bruce loved the T-birds, and his dedication to the team rubbed off on every person Bruce came in contact with."
Memorial services have not yet been announced.
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From sports-information reports.