Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards
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Bruins Broadcaster Jack Edwards Opens Up on Recent Speech Issues

Published February 22, 2024 at 9:47

Jack Edwards has been a polarizing figure in the hockey world for a while. If you're a fan of the Boston Bruins watching games on NESN, he's likely a beloved figure for you. If not, Edwards can come off as very annoying. The last couple of seasons have seen the 66-year-old broadcaster sometimes unable to keep up with the action, slurring and sometimes completely forgetting words. Edwards is now opening up on his struggles.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Edwards said he is very aware of his recent speech issues, but says there's absolutely nothing wrong with him, and that has been confirmed by medical officials.

"I did not have some kind of accident. I do not have cancer. I don't have dementia. I haven't had a stroke. All of that's been confirmed by Mass. General neurology.

They've done tests that seem like I'm going through some sort of science-fiction scene, but it's really true. The images of my brain literally reveal nothing. That's my joke with them."

So, what's the problem? Edwards says it's not complicated.

"The way I see it, two things work to my disadvantage; the game is speeding up all the time. And I'm slowing down all the time."

Edwards added he now goes through 40 to 60 minutes of speech therapy on non-game days that he referred to as "exhaustive and exhausting." On game days, he does 10 minutes of the therapy. As for how much longer he plans to be in the Bruins broadcasting booth, Edwards said that depends on the speech therapy.

"I'm treating it like an in-season injury, something that's going to get better. If I, or NESN, decide that I'm hurting the product or costing the fans an enjoyable experience, I will say goodbye. But we haven't had any discussions like that.

l love my job, but I know that retirement isn't that far off."

Edwards stated that when he does finally decide to retire, he hopes to go out gracefully. Edwards has been doing play-by-play on NESN for close to 20 years.

Source: Boston Globe
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Bruins Broadcaster Jack Edwards Opens Up on Recent Speech Issues

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