The Vancouver Giants are deeply saddened by the passing of legendary public address announcer John Ashbridge, who at the age of 71 passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Ashbridge’s voice was synonymous with hockey in Vancouver. He became the public address announcer for the Vancouver Canucks in 1987 and over the course of the next 30-plus years would be a part of the most memorable Vancouver hockey moments including: The Vancouver Giants 2007 Memorial Cup victory, Canada’s 2010 Winter Olympic Gold Medal victory in hockey and two Stanley Cup Finals (1994 and 2011). Fans attending hockey games at the Langley Events Centre, Pacific Coliseum or Rogers Arena were always in good hands with “Ash” on the mic.
Prior to joining the Vancouver Canucks, he spent many years working in newsrooms across the province. He started with CKNW in Vancouver in 1965.
John Ashbridge’s presence and voice greatly enhanced the Vancouver Giants hockey experience. He was highly regarded by everyone who knew him, and he would often be seen in the Vancouver Giants Media/Scouts room sharing a joke, a story, a warm smile or a piece of career advice to the many young people (in all sorts of professions) who approached him for a visit. He had time for absolutely everyone and will be greatly missed.
The Vancouver Giants send their heartfelt condolences to John’s wife Yvonne and the entire Ashbridge family.
John’s impact has been felt all over the province of B.C., the hockey community and of course, the Vancouver Giants: