Longtime Michigan Tech hockey broadcaster Bob Olson dies at 87

HOUGHTON — The original voice of Michigan Tech hockey, radio announcer Bob Olson, died Saturday in Middletown, Connecticut, at age 87.

The MTU Sports Hall of Famer began broadcasting Tech events in 1969 when he purchased radio stations WMPL-AM and -FM and moved to the Copper Country from Hurley, Wisconsin. He started with men’s basketball and football before adding hockey to the lineup in 1970-71.

He was known as the dean of broadcasters for doing hockey play-by-play for 32 seasons until retiring after the 2000-01 season. He also founded the WMPL College Hockey Poll, the first of its kind in the nation.

He received the WCHA Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and American Hockey Coaches Association Jim Fullerton Award in 1996.