DETROIT — Earlier this morning, long-time Detroit Red Wings family member and public address announcer, Joseph James ‘Budd’ Lynch passed away at the age of 95.
Lynch was the public address announcer for the team from 1985 until 2012.
During his career accomplishments he was honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame along with being a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
“Budd Lynch will forever be synonymous with the Detroit Red Wings,” said Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland in a press release. “He experienced it all in his 63 years with the organization – from the glory days of Howe, Lindsay, Abel and Delvecchio all the way to the championship runs of Yzerman and Lidstrom. He had a vast knowledge of the game and the stories he could tell would have anyone who loves the sport mesmerized for hours. Budd was one-of-a-kind, not only in his talents as a broadcaster, but in the way he lived his life and the upbeat attitude he always carried. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Red Wings family.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released this statement, “Budd Lynch had seen so much Red Wings history, had become so much a part of their heritage, that no visit to Joe Louis Arena for a Red Wings home game felt truly ‘official’ without hearing his voice. The National Hockey League mourns the passing of a war hero, a Hall of Famer and an outstanding ambassador for the game. We send heartfelt condolences to his family, the Red Wings and their fans.”