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Bruce Martyn (b. 1930) is a former American sportscaster, logging over 45 years behind the mike. Mr. Martyn was the radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings from 1964–1995.

After earning his degree from Lake Superior State University in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Bruce Martyn started in broadcasting doing play-by-play for the Soo Indians of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association on WSOO-AM in 1950. It was there he met wife Donna, a rabid hockey fan in her own right.

Bruce moved his career south to the Detroit market at WCAR-AM in 1953. He could be heard on radio assignments throughout Michigan on the weekly syndicated talk show This Week in Michigan, as well as coverage of Michigan State Spartans football, the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions. After 10 years, he moved to TV and the UHF station WKBD-TV, then a station devoted to sports.

It did not take long for Martyn to be discovered by the Detroit Red Wings, who offered him a job broadcasting home and away games in 1964. Martyn became "THE VOICE OF THE RED WINGS" and served the team for 31 seasons, during the highs and lows, ups and downs of the pro hockey franchise in the "Motor City."

Bruce Martyn's radio coverage was truly unique. He is one of a handful of announcers who can make sports come alive through his vibrant voice. His love of hockey is contagious. During his 30-plus years, most partnered with NHL icon Sid Abel, Bruce Martyn became best known for the phrase, 'he shoots, he scores!'

Martyn retired after the 1994–95 Red Wing season, but returned in 1997 to call the second period of the Wings' Stanley Cup clincher. He was presented with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1991 and inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He is an Honorary Lifetime Member and a Past President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

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