Doug McLeod says goodbye to Gopher hockey broadcasts

McLeod was the first regular voice of Gopher hockey in 1978.
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Longtime hockey play-by-play man Doug McLeod said goodbye to the Gopher men's hockey broadcast booth on Wednesday. . 

"Time to say so long – with a heartfelt tip o' the headset – to University of Minnesota hockey. The Golden Gophers face off for a new season Friday but I will no longer call play-by-play," McLeod wrote in a Facebook post, noting that he became the first regular voice of Gopher hockey in 1978. 

"Gopher hockey led to my two-decade NHL career and it was wonderful to return to UM in 2012. Thanks especially to everyone who listened and watched and to the many friends I've made through the years."  

FOX Sports North announced a new broadcast crew for Gopher men's hockey earlier this month, with Charlie Beattie taking over as the new play-by-play voice.

Beattie was the rink-side reporter who replaced McLeod in the play-by-play booth midway through a game televised on KSTC-45 last March, when McLeod made a comment about "lynching" during the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.

McLeod previously served as the voice of the North Stars for six seasons before they relocated to Dallas. McLeod even played a role in the movie "Mystery, Alaska" in 1999, playing himself as a broadcaster for ESPN.

Gopher Puck Live tweeted a screen shot of McLeod's full message. 

The Gopher men's hockey team opens the season at Colorado College Friday at 8:30 p.m. 

McLeod added that he has new endeavors in the works and will announce them "as soon as I can." 

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