The voice of Chicago winters has a new place in Toronto.
Blackhawks play-by-play man Pat Foley will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in Nov. 17 after being named the 31st recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting on Thursday.
“At this point it’s hard to wrap my head around it," Foley said late Thursday. "It’s kind of stunning.”
“At the last count there were 87 texts I’ve been trying to answer. There are a lot of people who care share in it and that’s what it’s all about.
“Some people told me it’s the pinnacle, but I wouldn’t look at it like that. I look at it as I’ve got more games to do and I’m going to try and do them well.”
Foley has called Hawks games since 1981 except for a two-season hiatus with the Wolves before the Hawks brought him back in 2008.
“There is not a more deserving person for this honor than Pat Foley,” Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in the statement.
The award is an annual honor voted on by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
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