Bill Hewitt (sportscaster)

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Bill Hewitt
Middle-aged man wearing a light blue suit jacket with a CBC Sports crest
Born(1928-12-06)December 6, 1928
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 25, 1996(1996-12-25) (aged 68)
Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Years active1951–1981
FamilyW. A. Hewitt (grandfather)

Foster William Alfred Hewitt (December 6, 1928 – December 25, 1996)[1] was a Canadian radio and television sportscaster. He was the son of hockey broadcaster Foster Hewitt and the grandson of Toronto Star journalist W. A. Hewitt.

Playing career[edit]

Bill Hewitt played competitive football and hockey and competed in track & field while attending Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario.

Sports broadcasting[edit]

After graduation, Bill Hewitt took a broadcasting job at CJRL in Kenora, Ontario. He was then hired as sports director of CFOS in Owen Sound, Ontario, and later held the same title at CKBB in Barrie.

In 1951, his father launched CKFH in Toronto at which the younger Hewitt became its sports director at age 23. In the mid-1950s, Hewitt began substituting on Toronto Maple Leafs hockey broadcasts when his father was given other assignments by the CBC, such as covering the Ice Hockey World Championships or Winter Olympics.

By 1958, both Hewitts were working together for Hockey Night in Canada games involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, with him calling the play-by-play and his dad serving as color commentator. Beginning in 1963, his dad returned to the radio, and he became the TV voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 1981, a blood infection forced Hewitt out of the broadcast booth at the relatively young age of 53.[2][3]

The Hockey Hall of Fame awarded Hewitt the 2007 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Hewitt was married to Jessie, and had twins. He died from heart failure on December 25, 1996, and was interred in Stone Church Cemetery, east of Beaverton, Ontario.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bill Hewitt". Retrieved November 19, 2023.
  2. ^ Patton, Paul (February 9, 1984). "Where are They Now? Bill Hewitt". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario. p. S4.
  3. ^ "Hockey Night in Canada - The Television Years | History of Canadian Broadcasting". Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  4. ^ "Legends of Hockey - Induction Showcase - 2007 Inductees Press Release". Archived from the original on May 29, 2007.
  5. ^ "Bill Hewitt to be honoured by Hall of Fame". The Globe and Mail. May 29, 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2023.

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Preceded by Canadian network television play-by-play announcer
1959-1964 (with Danny Gallivan in 1959-1960; Hewitt called the games in Toronto in both years)
1967 (with Danny Gallivan and Dan Kelly; Hewitt called the games from Toronto)
Succeeded by