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Friday, December 31, 2010
Hawks extend deals for Foley, Olczyk


The Chicago Blackhawks locked in their television broadcast team through the 2013-14 season when they re-signed play-by-play man Pat Foley and analyst Eddie Olczyk to three-year deals.

Foley, a Glenview native, and Olczyk, who is from Palos Heights, are in their third season together calling games for Comcast SportsNet and WGN. Household ratings for Blackhawks games on Comcast SportsNet have increased over 130 percent, and games on WGN have increased over 85 percent since Foley and Olczyk were paired together at the start of the 2008-09 regular-season.

Foley, in his 28th season with the organization, called Blackhawks games from 1981 to 2006, and returned to the booth for the 2008-09 season. Olczyk, in his fifth season as the television analyst for Blackhawks, played 16 seasons in the NHL, including five with the Blackhawks, who drafted him third overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He is also the lead television analyst for NHL national broadcasts on NBC and Versus.