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Bob Ridley has called every Medicine Hat Tigers game since the team started playing in 1970. He's missing Friday night's season opener.

There's never been a Medicine Hat Tigers game called by anyone but Bob Ridley, until this coming Friday night in Swift Current.

When you consider the fact that the Tigers' first game came in 1970, not long after Bobby Orr flew through the air after scoring that Stanley Cup-winner against St. Louis, and continued for over 4,000 games, that makes Friday night a Tigers game unlike any other.

Ridley tweeted Monday morning that he wouldn't be able to do the radio play-by-play because he's undergoing radiation treatment in Lethbridge.

Instead, he will turn over the mic to Scott Roblin, who he praised as an "outstanding young broadcasting talent."

The Tigers tweeted out best wishes to Ridley as well.

'Bob, it won't be the same without you,' the team tweeted, 'but please know you'll be in the hearts and minds of every one of us!'

For the first time in 52 years the voice of the Tigers @BobRidley_CHAT will not be behind the mic as he has to go for treatment.

Bob, it won't be the same without you...but please know that you'll be in the hearts and minds of every one of us.

Love you Rids, see you soon! pic.twitter.com/0YHdKs5rET

— Medicine Hat Tigers (@tigershockey) September 27, 2021

Ridley wished good luck to both Roblin and the Tigers.

The MH Tigers start their 52nd season this weekend. For the 1st time, I will not be there to make the Radio call as I am busy taking radiation treatment in Lethbridge. Scott Roblin, an outstanding young broadcasting talent will be making the call. Good luck Scott and Tigers

— Bob Ridley (@BobRidley_CHAT) September 27, 2021