The man behind the deep baritone voice voice that opened Canucks home games for more than 40 years, has passed away.
Trevor Linden, Canucks President of Hockey Operations, issued a statement on behalf of the team, saying the organization is deeply saddened to learn of Richard Loney’s passing.
“The entire Vancouver Canucks organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime anthem singer, Richard Loney. Richard sang the anthem at the first Canucks NHL game in 1970 and his rendition of our National Anthem remained a welcome tradition at Canucks home games for over 40 years. I was lucky enough to hear him sing ‘O Canada’ so many times during my playing career. He’s been such a big part of our team’s history and was a true icon in B.C., lending his one-of-a-kind voice to the Lions, Whitecaps, Giants, and even at Safeco Field when the Blue Jays would come for their annual visit. He supported sports at all levels and often volunteered for charities and for minor league hockey, baseball and soccer events around the Lower Mainland. He was such a nice man and I will miss him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Marion, and his family and friends”
Richard Loney singing the American National Anthem in 2009:
Richard Loney singing O Canada at the Pacific Coliseum in 1993: