I was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

My dad was a garment salesman. My mom was a housewife who raised 3 boys.

Realizing early on that her eldest son had limited athletic skills, she encouraged me to practice my play-by-play by announcing the local road hockey games from my bedroom window.

At age 2.



My 3rd birthday party, although you can’t find me in the big picture.

That’s all my relatives, and I’m on the far right, eating my ice cream and paying no attention. Two things I still enjoy doing today.

Senior basketball team, Northmount Junior High, Willowdale, Ontario.

Bottom row, second from right. I didn’t make the final cut, and was forced to embrace the role of team manager, a.k.a. “jock sniffer.

1974. My parents finally let us have a puppy. Her name was “ChiSox” after a certain baseball team.

I also saved up for my first pair of Converse low cuts. In red. I thought they might help me make the basketball team at Newtonbrook S.S.

They didn’t. Cut again. Off to Conestoga College to study Radio-TV broadcasting.

1980, my first big radio gig at FM 96 in Montreal.

I was the first FM broadcaster to be accredited for the Montreal Canadiens and Expos. I lasted one year.

I still have that rugby shirt somewhere.

I took over for Bob McCown on the nightly sports talk show from 10 p.m. to midnight on CKFH (soon to become CJCL radio) and grew a beard.

I immediately became the most obnoxious sports personality in the city. I argued with anybody who had the guts to phone in.

I hosted 2 hours of sports talk every night. Interviewed some great guests. My picture was plastered on TTC buses, streetcars, transfers and billboards. Talk about a rush of blood to the ego.

In 1984, I joined Global Television as a reporter and co-host of the popular late evening show “Sportsline”.

I got to meet some interesting people and travelled to cover some cool sporting events.

I also introduced the “Hebsy Awards” to the viewing audience. The response was positive.

Jim Tatti and I worked together for 11 years, and the show was nominated for 2 Gemini Awards as best sports show.

I was nominated in 1989 for best sportscaster. It was an honour to be nominated.

I lost out to Brian Williams.

I took over as host of Maple Leaf hockey on Global TV in 1988 and we used to broadcast 35 or so midweek games a year.

In those days, I had to do a four minute player interview during each intermission, a pointless exercise. There’s only so many questions you can ask a preoccupied player who just missed a wide-open net, and happens to be sweating all over your pants. Still, it was a great gig.

I spent 11 years at Global and then was wooed back by radio, as colour commentator on Maple Leafs games and play by play man on the Argos broadcasts.

This meant a lot of travelling and a lot of time away from my family.

After two years on radio, it was back on TV, first with Headline Sports in 1998, and then on to Sportsnet, which was first owned by CTV.

I anchored the early evening sportscast there, but had to do 4 different versions of it, one to each major time zone in Canada. I spent a lot of time on the desk.

I moved to CHCH TV in Hamilton in 2003, and anchored a current events show called “Square Off” with Donna Skelly.

We interviewed some pretty interesting folks, including local marijuana advocates Walter Tucker and Michael Baldassaro, from the “Church of the Universe”.

When Donna left to enter provincial politics, Liz West took over as my co-anchor, and along with our producer Lawrence Diskin, helped make Square Off a must-watch program every day at 5:30 p.m.

In 2010, the station decided to bring back Sportsline, and me and Clint “Bubba” O’Neil were the co-anchors.

It was fun doing Sportsline, but it only lasted until December 2015, when many of us were shown the door as the station declared bankruptcy.

Liz and I started our own podcast, called “No Fun Intended”.

It was certainly a challenge, and very different from traditional broadcasting. We had some great guests, such as former heavyweight champs Lennox Lewis and George Chuvalo.

I also began researching and writing a book about Canada’s first Olympic champion, George Orton. It was completed in 2018.

Here, I’m at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia with legendary U.S. track star Jim Ryun, promoting my book, The Greatest Athlete (you’ve never heard of).

Jim had never heard of Orton, either, even though he was known as the “Father of the Penn Relays”.

I had to educate him.

In the spring of 2018, I began hosting a weekly sports podcast alongside my friend Mike Boon, a.k.a. “Toronto Mike”, a podcast legend.

The show is called Hebsy On Sports, and it’s been a lot of fun. Talking sports is in my blood.

A new episode drops every Friday, and the show is still going strong to this day.