Year Born: 1935
Year of Induction: 2002
Jim Robson, “The Voice of the Vancouver Canucks”, got his big break in 1952 when, as a 17-year-old in Port Alberni, British Columbia. he started doing the play-by-play of senior men’s basketball for radio station CJAV. In 1955, he was in Nanaimo where he covered the Mann Cup lacrosse final series for CHUB. 1956 found Jim in Vancouver, doing the play by play on CKWX for the WHL Canucks, the BC Lions and Mounties baseball.
With the induction of the Canucks into the NHL in 1970, Jim Robson moved to CKNW. Over the next 24 years, he would be the Canucks’ play-by-play announcer, covering over 2,000 games. During this period, he also did work for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. His assignments included the Stanley Cup finals in 1975, 1980 and 1982, as well as NHL All-Star games in New York, Los Angeles, Long Island, Philadelphia and Vancouver.
Off-the-air, Jim became an in-demand guest speaker at numerous fund-raising dinners and banquets throughout the Province of British Columbia. He served as a Director of the BC Benevolent Hockey Association and the Canucks Alumni.
Jim was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2002, at the CAB Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Jim Robson was inducted to the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.