Paul Hendrick leaves the Leafs

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One of the most familiar faces and voices in the Maple Leafs – a walking encyclopedia of team history and statistics – hangs up his microphone.

Paul Hendrick, the well-respected journalist who joined Leafs TV in the mid-1990s, announced his departure on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Hockey and Leafs coverage have been a privilege. But now is the time to move on. I want to thank MLSE for a great adventure, the players, the coaches, the management and my dear colleagues over the years. And thank you Leafs Nation, your passion is unprecedented. “

The Noranda, Quebec native, now in his early 60s, said Soleil his departure was “a mutual decision preferable for both parties”. He has hosted in-game hosting when Leafs TV used to get a few parts of the broadcast cake and has been reporting on the NHL club and AHL Marlies for the past few years under the new Leafs Nation Network banner. .

In the 11 to 12-year-olds, the Leafs did not make the playoffs, the first question in many post-game funeral frays often fell on Hendrick to break the ice.

Hendrick was razor sharp with a play on words on the air and still jotting down the shackle note sheet, statistics and queues he had worked on all day. He worked in Sault St Marie on radio and television and was also well known for 15 years of Ontario college football coverage on CHCH-TV in Hamilton. Many Leafs, including Hyman and Matthews, sent him good luck messages.

“Its impact will be felt for the years to come. Best wishes and thanks, ”read a tweet from the club’s public relations department.

Maple Leafs players yesterday and today weighed in on social media to praise the man known as Henny.

“Always first class! Enjoy working with you, henny, all the best in the future! Auston Matthews wrote.

“One of the best in the industry,” said Tyler Bozak.

“In a hockey world that can be overwhelming at times, you have a knack for making people (including myself on many occasions) feel comfortable and confident,” wrote Travis Dermott. “We will miss you very much.” ”

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