Bill Davidge, A Blue Jackets Icon and Longtime Broadcaster, Is Retiring After This Season

By Dan Dukart on March 27, 2019 at 2:32 pm
Bill Davidge, a longtime Blue Jackets broadcaster, will retire after the 2019 season

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Longtime Blue Jackets broadcaster Bill Davidge announced his retirement following the conclusion of the season in a statement from the team Wednesday.

Davidge, who was diagnosed in 2014 with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood plasma in the bone marrow, is nearly synonymous with the Blue Jackets franchise. 

Davidge was an original member of the Blue Jackets organization, hired first as a scout, then as a radio color man, and most recently as Fox Sports Ohio's TV analyst. An icon in Ohio hockey history, Davidge played four years at Ohio State University, captaining the team as a senior in 1976-77. He went on to be an Assistant Coach, and later a head coach, in his time at Miami University from 1978-79 through 1988-89. 

There was quite an outpouring of love for the popular broadcaster:

Former 1stOhioBattery writer Jeff Svoboda, who is now the Blue Jackets website reporter, had a fantastic sit down with Davidge in July of 2017, in a wide-ranging interview that hit on his fight against cancer, John Tortorella, and much more. We'd recommend giving it a read if you missed it.

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