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Pat Foley earns award from Hall of Fame

Chicago Blackhawks Vs Nashville Predators.'GAMEFACE' PFoley night 30 years Chicago Blackhawks voice.  Friday April 18 2013 I Phoby Scott

Chicago Blackhawks Vs Nashville Predators."GAMEFACE" Pat Foley night 30 years of the Chicago Blackhawks voice. Friday April 18, 2013 I Photo by Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 6, 2014 12:23AM

Longtime Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley now can be called Hall of Fame broadcaster Pat Foley.

Foley was named the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for excellence in hockey broadcasting, and he will have a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto unveiled on Nov. 17. Foley has been the voice of the Hawks for 31 seasons, from 1981 to 2006 and 2008 to the present. In between, he called Wolves games for two seasons.

“It is very humbling to be recognized for such a prestigious honor, and I am overly thankful,” Foley said in a release. “Lloyd Pettit and Dan Kelly are longtime 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.”

Said Wirtz: “There is not a more deserving person for this honor than Pat Foley. We are proud that he is a member of our team.”

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