Breaking: Legendary hockey broadcaster unexpectedly quits!

Wow… who saw this coming!?

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According to a report from BSN Denver, longtime Colorado Avalanche television play by play man Mike Haynes has resigned from his position with Avalanche broadcaster Altitude.

Mike Haynes, who has broadcast Avalanche games from the team's inception in 1995, both on radio and television, has resigned his TV play-by-play position with Altitude, BSN Denver has learned.

Haynes has been the voice of the Avalanche since the team relocated from Quebec City in 1995 and has personally called each of the team’s Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001. He’s the voice of some of the most iconic calls in Avalanche history and is a fan favorite amongst Avs fans across the entire NHL. Haynes has won three Emmy's during his career callings Avs games and has been honored as Denver's Best Sportscaster by Westworld magazine five times.

Sometimes criticized for being a “homer”, Haynes has a history of going over the top for the Avs, but then dials his voice back to  comedic levels when a goal is scored against the team.

Check out how fired up he gets calling a Joe Sakic fight:

Now, contrast that with his “no sell” call on goals against:

BIG SHOT! SAVE! REBOUND… and scores….


Again, not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re an Avs fan this guy is an absolute legend. No word yet on what Hanyes’ next gig will be or who will replace him on Altitude broadcasts for the 2018-19 season, but suffice it to say that things will never quite be the same when it comes to Avs broadcasts. Incredibly, Haynes has handled play by play duties for 14 different sports and is a regular at just about any Denver area sporting event. He regularly calls no only Avs games, but also Colorado Eagles hockey games, Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball games, Colorado Rapids soccer games, Colorado Mammoth lacrosse games as well as college football, college basketball, boxing, wrestling, rode and horse racing. Haynes' long time color analyst Peter McNab is expected to remain on Avs broadcasts, but again there's no word yet on who may be Haynes replacement for the 2018-19 season.