New York Rangers play-by-play television announcer Sam Rosen and Chicago Blackhawks historian Bob Verdi will each be honored at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon in Toronto on Nov. 14, the NHL Broadcasters Association and the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced Thursday.
Rosen will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. The television voice of the Rangers since 1984, Rosen was behind the microphone when New York won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.
Verdi will be the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism. He spent three decades as the Blackhawks beat writer and a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and was named Sportswriter of the Year in Illinois 19 times.
Rosen and Verdi will be recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame as "Media Honorees," a separate distinction from those elected by the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on June 27 with the induction ceremony on Nov. 14.