- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Chicago Blackhawks television play-by-play announcer Pat Foley was named the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for excellence in broadcasting by the Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Foley, who grew up in the Chicago area, completed his 31st season with the Blackhawks this year. He called Blackhawks games from 1981-2006 and rejoined the organization in 2008.
"It's long overdue," said Blackhawks color commentator Eddie Olczyk, who has been Foley's broadcasting partner since 2008. "Glad the committee recognized his influence in hockey and how he's been a voice not only of the Blackhawks but of hockey in general for 30-plus years. He's always been a Hall of Famer in my eyes.
"I think a lot of people who are hockey fans and Blackhawks fans relate Pat to Blackhawks hockey. It doesn't get better than that. When you can be aligned and get the award from Foster Hewitt, arguably the most renowned and recognized broadcaster of all time, I couldn't be happier for him and his family."
Foley will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in Toronto on Nov. 17. His plaque will be displayed in the Hall of Fame.