Blues President John Davidson was awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the Hockey Hall of Fame. The award is given to someone who has made outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. (Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that Blues President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
“On behalf of the entire St. Louis Blues organization and SCP Worldwide, I would like to congratulate John and his family on this wonderful and most deserving honor. I cannot think of another person more worthy of this award,” said St. Louis Blues Chairman, Dave Checketts. “John has had one of the most distinguished careers this sport has ever seen. I have had the privilege to work closely with him during his broadcasting days and know the effort, passion and pride he brought to the booth each and every night. Now I have the honor of watching him bring that same work ethic to the St. Louis Blues front office.”
"I have had the pleasure of working with John for the last 25 years," said Mike McCarthy, Vice Chairman, St. Louis Blues. "While at MSG Network together, I witnessed him set the industry standard for a color analyst in any sport and watched him connect with Hockey fans throughout the country like no other broadcaster I have had the privilege to work with has then or since. It is my honor to call him a friend and to congratulate him on this most deserving honor."
Davidson, a former goaltender for the St. Louis Blues and the team’s first-round draft choice in 1973, boasts an impressive hockey career on and off the ice, including as a analyst for the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Network, CBC and various other national hockey broadcast partners in the United States and Canada. Awarded the Lester Patrick Award in 2004 for his contribution to American hockey, Davidson’s distinguished broadcasting career includes lead analyst work at the past five Olympic Winter Games.
Davidson will receive the award at a luncheon presentation on Monday, November 9, 2009. This year’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place November 6th to 9th, culminating with the Induction Ceremony beginning at 6:30 P.M. (CST) on Monday, November 9.
The Foster Hewitt Memorial Award is named in honor of the late “Voice of Hockey” in Canada. It was first presented in 1984 by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and to the game of hockey.