Scott Oake

Scott Oake

Scott Oake
Scott Oake pictured in 2012
Born circa 1950s[1]
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba
Alma mater Memorial University of Newfoundland
Occupation CBC Sports broadcaster
Spouse(s) Anne[2]
Children Bruce (1985–2011)
Awards Gemini Award (2003)

Scott Oake (born circa 1950s) is a Gemini Award winning[3] Canadian sportscaster for CBC Sports.


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Broadcasting career 1.2
    • Olympic coverage 1.3
    • Personal life 1.4
  • External links 2
  • References 3


Early life

Oake was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and raised in Sydney's "shipyards" neighborhood until the age of 14, when his family relocated to Newfoundland.[4] Oake's father was employed as a steelworker at Sydney Steel Corporation.[5] As a pre-med student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Oake volunteered at the campus radio station, which was his introduction to broadcasting. This quickly became his passion, and he decided to pursue a career in the radio and television field.

Broadcasting career

After part-time work at CBC St. John's, he was hired full-time by the network in 1974, and has been employed by CBC to this day. Upon being hired full-time by the CBC, Oake proceeded to drop out of Memorial University in St. John's, a decision his father did not support.[5]

Oake relocated to Winnipeg, and became the sports anchor on CBWT's 24Hours from 1979 till about 1989. From there, Oake was hired by Hockey Night in Canada, the CBC's flagship television program broadcasting NHL games to a national audience.

Oake is probably best known as a regular contributor to Hockey Night in Canada. Since the 2003–04 season, he has hosted the second game of HNIC's Saturday night double-headers, first alongside Kelly Hrudey, and starting in 2008, Marc Crawford.

Along with hockey, he has covered many important sporting events including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, CFL football, and many other sports. He won the 2003 "Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast" Gemini Award. In 2004, he hosted the hockey docudrama Making the Cut.[6]

Olympic coverage

During his career, Oake has covered a total of 12 Olympic games for the CBC, including the 2008 Beijing Games where he did play-by-play for flatwater canoeing and rowing events.[7] Oake has covered downhill skiing at every Winter Olympics from Calgary in 1988 to Sochi in 2014.[5]

Personal life

Oake currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He and his wife Anne have a son, Darcy, who is a popular illusionist with experience in multi-media performances. Darcy appeared in the 2014 edition of Britain's Got Talent, advancing to the semi-finals and final, but he lost the competition to the singing group Collabro.[8] Their son Bruce died on March 29, 2011 at the age of 25 of a drug overdose.[9][10][11]

External links


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  2. ^ a b Mayes, Alison (28 January). "OMG! Did you see that?". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 11 August. 
  3. ^ "Scott Oake". CBC News. Retrieved 11 August. 
  4. ^ Colello, T.J. (25 August). "Oake’s Olympic Swan Song?". The Cape Breton Post. Retrieved 11 August. 
  5. ^ a b c "'It's a thrill, always has been'".  
  6. ^ "MAKING THE CUT-Presented by Bell Debuts September 21 on CBC Television" (Press release). BCE. September 16, 2004. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "After Hours". CBC News. Retrieved 11 August. 
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  9. ^ "CBC's Scott Oake shares story of his son's fatal addiction". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). September 6, 2012. 
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  11. ^ Bruce Dowbiggin (March 31, 2011). "Cybulski signs on with TSN Radio". Toronto: