Pierre Houde is a Canadian play-by-play sports announcer for RDS. He has announced broadcasts of Montreal Canadiens games since 1989. Over the years he was partnered with Pierre Bouchard and Yvon Pedneault. From 2007 to 2011, his partner has been former Canadiens' player Benoit Brunet. In 2010-11 Joël Bouchard was his colleague on the bench but was offered to be GM of the Blainville Armada so in 2011, Joël was replaced by former NHL goaltender Marc Denis. Houde also broadcasts Formula One Races at the same station along with Bertrand Houle.
Houde's goal call is "Le tir, ET LE BUT!" (A shot, AND A GOAL!) after every Canadiens goal, though depending on the moment he stretches "but" out for several seconds ("Le tir, ET LE BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!!!!!!!!!"). Other calls are "Eh bien, ma parole!" which he often uses when unbelievable situations occur and "Les rouges s'éteignent... ET ON ROULE !!!" at the start of a Formula One Grand Prix.
Houde does hockey play by plays on Le Hockey Du Samedi Soir Coors Light, Le Hockey Du Mardi Soir Subway, Le Hockey Du Jeudi Soir Subway and any other days the Canadiens play.
Houde has called baseball games for the same network since 1987 and EA Sports since 1994. His home run call is "Le lancer, le baseball ET LE HOMER!" (The pitch, the baseball AND THE HOMER) He also uses it for the Baseball series for EA Sports.
Houde has acquired a fairly large following among the Canadiens' anglophone fans, many of whom watch his telecasts rather than those on Hockey Night in Canada. He has also aired Canadiens games in English in the past, and was even considered for the play-by-play spot with the Colorado Avalanche.
He is married to Sylvie Allard since 1992.
- "Three little words break linguistic ice". Montreal Gazette. April 17, 2008.
- "Too little, too late for Toronto Broadcasting Corp.". Montreal Gazette. April 9, 2009.
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