Broadcaster Peter Loubardias Splits With Rogers Sportsnet; Calgary Flames Will Have New Voice

A week ago, our Derek Zona ranked all 29 English-language NHL broadcast crews, and here's what he had to say about Calgary Flames play-by-play man Peter Loubardias while giving him a One Star (or less) rating:

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Loubardias isn't awful, but his cadence is a special treat for Sportsnet and Northwest Division viewers. He has a bizarre habit of stretching out syllables in the middle of names, very similar to the Seinfeld "Hello!", but not during big moments like goals or hits -- just in the normal course of calling the game.  His calls of "eh-GEEEEEEN-laaaaa" and "BO-miss-terrrrrrrrrrr" make his play-by-play particularly grating. He also has a terrible habit of stressing the first few words in a sentence and letting the rest of the sentence fall into the aether.    

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On Thursday, it was announced that Loubardias will be leaving Rogers Sportsnet, and that he'll no longer be the television voice of the Calgary Flames. Coincidence? Probably. 

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