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Former Red Wings announcer Budd Lynch passes away at age 95

Budd Lynch

Former Red Wings announcer Budd Lynch died early Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

Lynch was the PA announcer for the Wings starting in 1985, but his time with the franchise began well before then.

From CBS Detroit:

Lynch, a Wyandotte resident, started his career as the Wings’ play-by-play announcer in 1949 when he returned home from combat.

As luck would have it, the team won the Stanley Cup the first season he joined.

Lynch tried to retire twice, and was foiled both times. In 1975 he was brought back by Alex Delvecchio as the director of publicity; a second retirement attempt failed in the 1980s when Marian Ilitch, wife of owner Mike Ilitch, asked him to stay on.

Lynch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.