Norman Albert

Norman Albert (died 1974) was a Canadian journalist and radio reporter. He was the first to broadcast an ice hockey game for radio.

First radio broadcast of ice hockey

Norman Albert called the third period of an OHA Intermediate playoff game on February 8, 1923 when North Toronto defeated Midland 16–4.[1][2] This game, like the early broadcasts of Foster Hewitt, was aired on Toronto radio station CFCA, which was owned by the Toronto Star where both Hewitt and Albert were employed.[3] Albert is known to have broadcast three or four games, all in 1923. The Toronto Star of February 9, 1923 (page 9) confirms that Albert made the first broadcast on February 8. The other dates are likely February 14, February 24 and February 27. The game on February 14 featured the Toronto St. Pats and the Ottawa Senators, and is the first NHL game to be broadcast.[1]


  • Hewitt, Foster (1967). Foster Hewitt, his own story. Ryerson Press.
  • Kitchen, Paul (2008). Win, Lose or Wrangle: The Inside Story of the Old Ottawa Senators - 1883-1935. Manotick Ontario: Penumbra Press.
  1. ^ a b Kitchen, p. 246
  2. ^ Albert, Norman (February 9, 1923). "Conacher Scored Six for North Toronto". Toronto Star. p. 12.
  3. ^ Hewitt, pp. 18-23

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