The Chicago Blackhawks will recognize Pat Foley, for his 30th season as the team’s play-by-play voice, at their home game on April 19 vs. Nashville at 7:30 p.m. The announcement was made on Comcast SportsNet Chicago during the first intermission of tonight’s game, by Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk.
“Pat’s voice has been synonymous with Chicago Blackhawks hockey over four decades, so it’s only fitting that the organization honors him in this way,” Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said. “We stand in appreciation of how well Pat has represented the team over the years and how well he connects with generations of fans on a daily basis.”
Foley made his debut calling Blackhawks games in 1981 and continued through 2006 during his first stint with the club before returning to the booth at the start of the 2008-09 season. He and analyst Eddie Olczyk call all 82 games in HD on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV Channel 9. The Glenview, Ill., native has captured two Emmys during his career with the Blackhawks (1991 and 2009) and enjoyed his first Stanley Cup championship season with the club in 2010.
Foley earned a telecommunications degree from Michigan State University, where he called baseball and hockey games, before making his professional debut with the Grand Rapids Owls of the International Hockey League in 1977. A 2002 inductee into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, he spent two years with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League from 2006 to 2008, which includes calling his first professional league championship during the team’s run to the 2008 Calder Cup.