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Pat Foley

TV Play-by-Play

Television Play-by-Play Announcer Pat Foley is in his 34th season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Foley called Blackhawks games from 1980 to 2006 before returning to the Blackhawks booth for the 2008-09 season. Foley partners with U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk to broadcast all Blackhawks games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV Channel 9.

Foley was born and raised in the northern suburbs, where he attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., and received a degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University. Foley called baseball and hockey games at MSU before making his professional debut with the International Hockey League's Grand Rapids Owls in 1977.

In 1991, Foley received an Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement-Sports Program Live Series," followed by a 2009 Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: Programming" and an Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs - Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited Program/Special" in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Additionally, Foley was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent - Sports Anchor/Reporter/Play-by-Play" in 2016.

He was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, joining local legends such as Lloyd Pettit, Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray. Foley was part of his first professional league championship after broadcasting Wolves games during their run to the 2008 Calder Cup. In 2014, he was selected as the Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

The Blackhawks honored Foley for his 30th season as the team's play-by-play voice in a pregame ceremony on April 19, 2013, at the United Center.

Eddie Olczyk

TV Color Analyst

Eddie Olczyk is in his 11th season as the Television Color Analyst for Blackhawks hockey on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV Channel 9.

Olczyk, a 16-year NHL veteran, scored 342 goals and recorded 794 points in 1,031 games with Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, the New York Rangers and Los Angeles, winning a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994. The third-overall choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, he was also a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and represented the U.S. in numerous international competitions.

Olczyk began his NHL career as an 18-year-old with his hometown Chicago Blackhawks in 1984-85. He played three seasons, recording 180 points (65G, 115A) in 228 games. He then spent three and a half seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1987-91), scoring a career-high 42 goals during the 1987-88 campaign and recording a career-high 90 points during the 1988-89 season.

Olczyk was traded to Winnipeg and played two and a half seasons with the Jets from 1990 to 1992, recording 142 points (66G, 76A) in 150 games. He played for the Rangers (1992-95) before heading back to Winnipeg, scoring 27 goals with the Jets in their last season in Winnipeg (1995-96). He began the 1996-97 season with Los Angeles before being traded to the Penguins late in the season. Olczyk played parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh before returning to Chicago and finishing his NHL career with the Blackhawks. He retired from the league in 2000.

Following his playing career, Olczyk embarked on a career as a broadcaster, working on Pittsburgh Penguins television broadcasts for Fox SportsNet Pittsburgh (2000-03) and calling games for ESPN, ESPN2 and NHL Radio.

Olczyk was named Head Coach of the Penguins on June 11, 2003, and posted a 31-68-14 record while behind the Penguins bench (2003-05). Olczyk returned to broadcasting during the 2005-06 NHL season and has served as lead analyst at NBC since 2007.

In February 2016, it was announced that Olczyk would be the recipient of the Ring Lardner Award, which was founded in 2002 by the Chicago Athletic Association and honors broadcasters and writers who "exemplify the wit and warmth of Ring Lardner's writing." On July 11, 2012, Olczyk became the 16th Blackhawk elected into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and he was officially inducted on Oct. 15, 2012, in a ceremony in Dallas. The Blackhawks honored Olczyk for his induction in a pregame ceremony on Feb. 22, 2013, at the United Center.

In 2009, Olczyk received an Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: Programming," followed by a 2012 Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs - Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited Program/Special." Additionally, Olczyk was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent - Sports Anchor/Reporter/Play-by-Play" in 2016.

Olczyk and his wife, Diana, have four children: sons Eddie, Tommy and Nicholas, and daughter, Alexandra.

John Wiedeman

Radio Play-by-Play

John Wiedeman is in his 11th season as the Radio Play-by-Play voice of Blackhawks hockey on WGN Radio AM-720.

Wiedeman, who has called three Stanley Cup championships with the Blackhawks, received top honors in the Chicago Market "Best Radio Play-By-Play" category at the 2015 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards with broadcast partners Troy Murray and Judd Sirott; they also won the category in 2014. He and Murray also received top honors in the "Best Sports Story" category at the 2012 IBA Silver Dome Awards and the "Sports Play-by-Play" category at the 2011 IBA Silver Dome Awards. Wiedeman was selected as the 2014 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Illinois Sportscaster of the Year.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks organization, Wiedeman worked as the radio and substitute TV play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders from 2001 to 2006, the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1996-97 season and substitute broadcasts for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1997-98 and Columbus Blue Jackets from 2001-02.

 

Before working in the NHL, Wiedeman, a graduate of the University of Kansas, served as the Radio and TV Play-by-Play Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League from 1997 to 2001. He handled similar duties in the American Hockey League with the Worcester IceCats from 1994 to 1996 and the Muskegon Fury of the Colonial Hockey League from 1992 to 1994.

An avid hockey player, Wiedeman and his wife, Kelly, have two children: daughter Reilly and son Sean Patrick.

Troy Murray

Radio Color Analyst

Troy Murray is in his 17th year as a member of the Blackhawks broadcast team and his ninth year as the Color Analyst for the team's radio broadcasts.

Murray was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the third round (51st overall) of the 1980 NHL Draft. He played parts of 12 seasons with the Blackhawks (1981-91, 1992-94), compiling 197 goals and 291 assists in 688 games.

Murray posted his best year in the NHL with Chicago during the 1985-86 campaign, becoming the first Blackhawk to win the Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL's top defensive forward that year. That season, he notched career highs in goals (45), assists (54) and points (99).

A five-time 20-goal scorer and veteran of 15 NHL seasons, Murray appeared in 915 career NHL games, scoring 584 points (230G, 354A) and drawing 875 penalty minutes while playing for Chicago, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Colorado. He also appeared in 113 playoff games, recording 43 points (17G, 26A) and 145 penalty minutes. Murray was a member of Colorado's Stanley Cup championship team in 1996.

In June 2015, Murray and broadcast partners John Wiedeman and Judd Sirott received top honors in the Chicago Market "Best Radio Play-By-Play" category at the 2015 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards, which they also won in 2014. He and Wiedeman also received top honors in the "Best Sports Story" category at the 2012 IBA Silver Dome Awards and the "Sports Play-by-Play" category at the 2011 IBA Silver Dome Awards.

A pillar in the community, Murray, his wife, Konnie, and three children, Blake, Julia and Phoebe, maintain a residence in Chicago. While serving as the Studio Analyst for Blackhawks television broadcasts (1999-2004), Murray also worked as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Steve Konroyd

TV Studio Host

Steve Konroyd is in his 11th season as the pre- and postgame Television Studio Host on Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV Channel 9. He also fills in as the Television Color Analyst on Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV.

During his 15-year NHL career, the defenseman registered 41 goals and 195 assists in 895 NHL games with Chicago (1988-1992), Calgary (1980-86; 1995), N.Y. Islanders (1986-88), Hartford (1992-93), Ottawa (1993-94) and Detroit (1994). He was also a member of Team Canada in 1985 and 1991, winning two silver medals at the World Championship.

After his playing career, Konroyd was named the first-ever Radio Color Commentator for the Arizona (Phoenix) Coyotes in 1995. The following year, Konroyd served as TV Color Analyst for the San Jose Sharks, where he won a 2000 Northern California Emmy for his on-camera work. While working for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2004, he was awarded his second Emmy. Konroyd also worked for ESPN International as a sideline reporter during the 2000 Stanley Cup Final.

Konroyd and his wife, Juli, a Chicago native, have five children: Danielle, Emily, Declan, Braelyn and Stephen.

Judd Sirott

Radio Studio Host

Judd Sirott is in his ninth season as the Radio Studio Host on the Blackhawks' radio home, WGN Radio AM-720. Sirott and broadcast partners John Wiedeman and Troy Murray were named "Best Radio Play-By-Play" in the Chicago market at the 2015 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards.

A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Sirott spent six seasons in Major League Baseball as a radio play-by-play announcer and host for the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio, while working as a correspondent for the MLB Network. Previously, Sirott called National Hockey League games nationally for HDNet (now AXS TV) and the NHL Network from 2006 to 2009.

Prior to rejoining WGN Radio, Sirott was the television and radio voice of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves from the team's inception in 1994 to 2006, also serving as the club's Media Relations Director. The Buffalo Grove High School graduate called the franchise's Turner Cup titles in 1998 and 2000, along with its first Calder Cup championship in 2002.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1991, where he broadcast hockey and football games as a student, Sirott began his Chicago media career as a weekend producer at WGN Radio. Later, Sirott spent three years as a weekend host, field reporter and executive producer at 670 The Score from the station's inception in 1992.

Sirott and his wife, Sharon, reside in Chicago with their two daughters.