This week, as part of the festivities surrounding Hockey Day in Canada, a select group of hockey play-by-play broadcasters from across the country will be honoured during an event called Legends of Broadcasting. There will be a hot stove session, a gala event, and of course, a lot of hockey.
Among the broadcasters who will be honoured is a well-known name in Weyburn, Jim Laing.
Laing got his start in the play-by-play booth with the Weyburn Red Wings in their inaugural season. He would also take on the added role of broadcasting the Estevan Bruins, and from there, he would become the voice of the Boston Bruins in 1966, Bobby Orr’s rookie year.
While his tenure with the Bruins would only last one season, he would go on to a storied career in broadcasting, becoming the owner of Soo Line Broadcasting, the parent company of CFSL in Weyburn, and CJSL in Estevan. He would also take on the role of station manager in Weyburn.
Ahead of the festivities this week in Victoria, he sat down with Discover Weyburn’s Steven Wilson to talk about his time in Boston and some of his fondest memories of his career. You can listen to the complete interview below.