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December 23, 1954 |
|Occupation||Television broadcaster, sports announcer|
A native of Glenview, Illinois, Foley graduated from Loyola Academy and received a degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University. He joined the Blackhawks' broadcasting crew at the age of 26 after calling games for the now-defunct Grand Rapids Owls of the International Hockey League, and he quickly became recognized as the "Voice of the Blackhawks." From 1995 to 1998, he called NHL games on Fox.
In May 2006, the Blackhawks organization made the controversial decision to withdraw their contract offer to the popular Foley, citing unspecified "personal" reasons. The unabashed Blackhawks homer was often criticized by fans and media for his inability to keep in step with the action on simulcasts, on which he rarely gave the score and the time left in the period. The team finally ended their simulcasts, replacing Foley on radio with former New York Islanders broadcaster John Wiedeman and on television with former Columbus Blue Jackets voice, Dan Kelly, Jr..
On September 12, 2006, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League named Foley their cable television play-by-play announcer for the 2006–07 season after he was unable to find work with an NHL team. The broadcasts were also simulcast over the internet, and on a radio station available only in the arena. Foley teamed with Bill Gardner, who was once his partner on Blackhawks broadcasts.
On June 16, 2008, the Blackhawks announced Foley's return as their television play-by-play announcer. He is usually joined in the booth by analyst Ed Olczyk. On occasions where Olczyk covers national telecasts for either NBC or the NBC Sports Network, studio analyst Steve Konroyd provides color commentary.
On December 30, 2010, it was announced that Foley and Olczyk signed a three-year extension to stay with the Blackhawks.
On June 5, 2014, the Chicago Blackhawks, in conjunction with the Hockey Hall of Fame and National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association, announced that television play-by-play announcer Pat Foley has been selected as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. “It is very humbling to be recognized for such a prestigious honor and I am overly thankful,” said Foley. “Lloyd Pettit and Dan Kelly are long-time heroes of mine and I don’t feel as though I belong in the same category as them, but to hear my name anywhere close to theirs is almost unfathomable. The list of people who have helped me immeasurably throughout my 31 years behind the Blackhawks mic is endless, most notably my parents, my family, broadcast partners and countless production crews, and I hope all those folks take great pride in this recognition as well. Being brought back to the world-class Chicago Blackhawks organization by Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough has been nothing short of a thrill and I am forever grateful.”
“There is not a more deserving person for this honor than Pat Foley. We are proud that he is a member of our team,” said Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz. Foley, a Glenview, Ill., native has spent 31 seasons with the organization having called Blackhawks games from 1981 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.
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 a 2012 Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs - Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited Program/Special.” He was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, joining local legends such as Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray. 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 before hosting the Nashville Predators.
Foley will receive his award at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon presentation in Toronto on Nov. 17 2014; his award plaque will be displayed in the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside the 90 past award recipients.
Named in honor of the late “Voice of Hockey” in Canada, the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award 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.
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- "Pat Foley returns to Hawks". Chicago Sun-Times. June 16, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008.[dead link]
- "People & Personalities: Foley Officially Back With Blackhawks". Sports Business Journal. June 17, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009.