It was a sad day in Hockeytown last October 9 when news broke that long-time Public Address Announcer for the Red Wings, Budd Lynch, had passed away at the ripe young age of 95.
For Red Wings fans everywhere, Budd Lynch was a staple of Red Wings games. From his “Last minute of play in this period” to his “Thank you, and… goodnight” well after the game had ended, you couldn’t go to a game without hearing Budd’s voice.
He attempted to retire in 1975, but was brought back by Alex Delvecchio as the Director of Publicity. He tried again in 1985, but Marian Ilitch convinced him to stay as the Public Address Announcer. And that was where he stayed until the lockout began.
When he passed away, fans felt something needed to be done. How can you have a Red Wings game without Budd Lynch’s voice coming over the PA to announce the last minute of the period? Surely someone would have recorded it at some point and they could easily use that recording.
In a franchise that celebrates and commemorates its long-standing traditions (even if Gary Bettman doesn’t enjoy the twirling octopi), why would you deny fans their easy request? Why not continue to keep the longest-tenured employee with the Detroit Red Wings part of the games?
According to John Keating’s Twitter, The Joe will be using a recording of Budd for “Last minute of play in this period.” Fans can only hope he’s right. And you can only imagine the immediate outcry from fans if it doesn’t come true.