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Bowen, Brooks to be honored by Hockey Hall of Fame

Maple Leafs broadcaster, newspaper columnist become Media Honorees @NHLdotcom

Joe Bowen will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster, and Larry Brooks will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism during the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Bowen has been the radio voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs for 36 seasons, calling more than 3,000 games. He's also helped raise funds for leukemia research and was named an ambassador for the city of Sudbury in 2002. Bowen received the George Gross Award as Sports Media Canada's broadcaster of the year in 2013.

Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Bowen called hockey games for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League.

"Joe Bowen's contagious enthusiasm in the booth has entertained Toronto Maple Leafs fans for decades," said Chuck Kaiton, president of the NHL Broadcasters' Association. "The voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs is an extremely worthy recipient of the 2018 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award."

Brooks has been an NHL columnist at the New York Post since 1995 and has covered the New York Rangers for the past 22 seasons. He covered the Rangers and New York Islanders in the 1970s before becoming the vice president of communications and radio color commentator for the New Jersey Devils for 10 years, later returning to the New York Post.

"Over the years Larry Brooks became the most important read on one of the NHL's most important beats, the New York Rangers," said Mark Spector, president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. "Beyond his edgy, colorful and on-point coverage of the Rangers, Brooks' weekly Slap Shots column has become destination copy for readers across the hockey world."

Bowen and Brooks will receive their awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon in Toronto on Nov. 12, and their plaques will be displayed in the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside past award recipients.

Recipients of these awards, as selected by their respective associations, are recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame as Media Honorees, a distinction from individuals inducted as Honored Members, who are elected by the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Induction weekend will take place Nov. 9, with the Induction Celebration on Nov. 12. This year's inductees will be announced June 26.

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