Pat Foley has been bringing his voice to Blackahawks games for more than three decades. On Thursday, his work earned him an honor from the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Foley has received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, for his long-time work with the Blackhawks. The award is presented annually “in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting.”
The longtime play-by-play announcer will receive his award at the NHL media awards luncheon in Toronto on Nov. 17. His award plaque will be displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame, alongside past award recipients.
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“It is very humbling to be recognized for such a prestigious honor, and I am overly thankful,” Foley said in a statement. “(Previous Foster Hewitt award winners) Lloyd Pettit and Dan Kelly are long-time heroes of mine and I don’t feel as though I belong in the same category as them, but to hear my name anywhere close to theirs is almost unfathomable.”
Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said, “there is not a more deserving person for this honor than Pat Foley. We are proud that he is a member of our team.”
Foley has just completed his 31st season with the Blackhawks. He spent two years with the Chicago Wolves before returning to the Blackhawks’ booth for the 2008-09 season; he’s partnered with color analyst Eddie Olczyk since.
“The list of people who have helped me immeasurably throughout my 31 years behind the Blackhawks mic is endless, most notably my parents, my family, broadcast partners and countless production crews, and I hope all those folks take great pride in this recognition as well,” Foley’s statement continued. “Being brought back to the world-class Chicago Blackhawks organization by Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough has been nothing short of a thrill, and I am forever grateful.”
The Blackhawks honored Foley for his 30th season with the team in a pregame ceremony on April 19, 2013.