RELEASE: Chris Vosters Named Voice of the Blackhawks
Pat Foley to celebrate final game on Blackhawks telecast April 14 vs. San Joseby Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com
Chris Vosters will succeed Pat Foley as the Voice of the Chicago Blackhawks, the team -- along with broadcast partner, NBC Sports Chicago -- announced during the first intermission of tonight's broadcast. It was also announced that Pat Foley's final game will take place on April 14 at the United Center as the Blackhawks face the San Jose Sharks. Following April 14, Vosters will assume his role for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
Vosters, 30, joined the Blackhawks broadcast team this season and has previous experience working for the Big Ten Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports and Stadium. He called ice hockey for NBC Sports during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and sled hockey for the 2022 Paralympic Games. He also has Olympic experience with NBC Sports calling action for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and 2018 Winter Olympic Games. With the Big Ten Network, Vosters handled play-by-play duties for the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in 2019.
Chris was recognized by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America as one of the top 30 Sportscasters Under 30 in 2018. He called games for the Great Lakes Loons, the Los Angeles Dodgers Class-A affiliate of the Midwest League (2015-2018) where he was awarded Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year in 2016. While with the Loons, he also served as Program Manager with ESPN 100.9 FM in Midland, Mich.
An honors graduate at the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Vosters got his start at the university student radio station, 91.7-FM WSUM. An Eagle Scout, Vosters is a native of Brookfield, Wis. and currently resides in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
The Blackhawks will celebrate Pat Foley's final game in his 39-year career with the team on Thursday, April 14. The entire evening will feature memories of Foley throughout his career and a special sendoff for the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. On June 23, 2021, Foley announced through the team that he will be retiring this season. More details on a celebration of Foley's career will be announced soon. A complete broadcast schedule for the remainder of the 2021-22 season is below.
JAIME FAULKNER, Chicago Blackhawks President of Business Operations
"We are excited to celebrate Pat's retirement on April 14 as he has enjoyed a Hall of Fame career with the Blackhawks and will forever be a part of the family. It is great to have Pat with us as we take the next step and pass the torch to the future of our broadcast team. As we continue to 'reimagine the potential of hockey,' we have found that our broadcast is a key element to connecting with our fans. Having Chris join and lead our broadcast team moving forward will help push us to the future of Blackhawks hockey. For many years, our fans have enjoyed the energy, passion for the game and creativity that Pat has brought to our broadcasts, and we are confident that Chris will carry that tradition to our fans moving forward."
"It's the honor of a lifetime to be named the next voice of the Chicago Blackhawks and succeed the great Pat Foley. This is more than just a job: it's the opportunity to work for one of the NHL's flagship franchises in a world-class city with the best fans in hockey. I've had so much fun getting to know the team, its staff and its fans this season. I want to thank Rocky and Danny Wirtz along with Jaime Faulkner for believing in me, and I'm so excited to be a part of the Blackhawks' family for years to come."
"Chris Vosters has already started to make a name for himself with Blackhawks fans. I think Blackhawks television will be in good hands with Chris and I look forward to celebrating with everyone on April 14 at the United Center."
"It's been an honor to have sat next to Pat all these years-he's one of the best. Not only is he my partner in the booth, but he is one of my best friends. I'm excited for his retirement and I know he will enjoy plenty of days on the golf course. We have made so many great memories in our time together and I'm excited for the future of Blackhawks broadcasts working alongside Chris Vosters. Chris is a great addition to this broadcast team and will lead us to the next generation of Blackhawks hockey."
JOHN SCHIPPMAN, Vice President of Content at NBCUniversal Local Chicago
"Pat has been a true friend to the fans and a pleasure to work with throughout the years here at NBC Sports Chicago. We look forward to having Chris in the broadcast booth as his knowledge of the game and passion for the team will help start a new chapter that we know the fans will enjoy watching."
BLACKHAWKS REMAINING TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE
|April 7||7:30 p.m.||Seattle||Chris Vosters |
|April 10||6 p.m.||Dallas||Pat Foley |
|April 12||7:30 p.m.||LA||Pat Foley |
|April 14||7:30 p.m.||San Jose||Pat Foley |
|April 16||11:30 a.m.||at Nashville||Chris Vosters |
|April 18||7 p.m.||Calgary||Chris Vosters |
|April 20||9 p.m.||at Arizona||Chris Vosters |
|April 21||9:30 p.m.||at LA||Chris Vosters |
|April 23||7 p.m.||at San Jose||Chris Vosters |
|April 25||7 p.m.||Philadelphia||ESPN+|
|April 27||7:30 p.m.||Vegas||Chris Vosters |
|April 29||6 p.m.||at Buffalo||Chris Vosters |