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Kevin Allen And Pat Foley Announced As Award Winners

TORONTO (June 5, 2014) -  Eric Duhatschek, Vice-President, Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that KEVIN ALLEN will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and PAT FOLEY will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

Kevin Allen has been USA Today's hockey expert since 1986, and is the only writer to make Hockey News’ Top 100 list of most influential people in the sport each year of the list existence.  In 2013, Kevin received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, only the fifth media member so honoured since the award debuted in 1966.  He has also written 17 hockey books. 

Over the past three decades Allen has covered 600 NHL playoff games, eight Olympics, and 27 Stanley Cup finals, plus Canada Cups, World Cups and World Championships.

"Kevin has managed a neat trick over the years, writing definitive and authoritative hockey commentary in a publication that requires its writers to be tight and bright," said Duhatschek.  "Kevin is the most well-connected of the U.S. based writers and was an 'insider' long before the term became ubiquitous.”

Television play-by-play announcer Pat Foley - the voice of the Chicago Blackhawks - is now in his 31st season with the team. The Illinois native began his broadcasting career as a student at Michigan State University, calling baseball and hockey games for the school. Since his professional debut with the International Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Owls in 1977, Foley has won three Emmy awards and was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

“Pat Foley is extremely worthy of this distinction," said Kaiton. "This legend's voice and style have been a unique part of Blackhawk hockey for almost four decades.”

Foley and Allen will receive their awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon presentation in Toronto on Monday, November 17th, and their award plaques will be displayed in the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside the 90 past award recipients.

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Recipients of these awards, as selected by their respective associations, are recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame as “Media Honourees” ─ a separate distinction from individuals inducted as “Honoured Members” by the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Named in honour of the late Montreal newspaper reporter, the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award was first presented in 1984 by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in recognition of distinguished members of the hockey writing profession whose words have brought honour to journalism and to the game of hockey. 

Named in honour 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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TreKronor's avatar

I don’t know a single Hawks fan who likes Foley, or can stand his voice and personality for that matter. 

I can’t stand that guy.  Between him and the White Sox announcers, Chicago has some lame talent.  Add Eddie O to the discussion and it’s downright miserable.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/05/14 at 12:23 PM ET

Paul's avatar

At times, these awards seem to be more about longevity than talent.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/05/14 at 12:26 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Good for Kevin Allen but, dear Lord… Pat FOLEY?  One of the worst in the business.  Might as well award the Nashville Predators announcers too and just unabashedly proclaim that Bad Announcing is the new Good.

Posted by Primis on 06/05/14 at 12:42 PM ET

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I don’t know a single Hawks fan who likes Foley, or can stand his voice and personality for that matter. 

I can’t stand that guy.  Between him and the White Sox announcers, Chicago has some lame talent.  Add Eddie O to the discussion and it’s downright miserable.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/05/14 at 12:23 PM ET

This a thousand times.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 06/05/14 at 12:57 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

“Tree turdy tree left in the turd” - this guy wins an award.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 06/05/14 at 12:58 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Gees…I always kinda liked Pat Foley along with Dale Tallon when they did radio together.  I’m not a Hawks fan in the least, but back in the pre internet days (ask your grandparents) I was involved with what was then called rotisserie hockey and I would scan the box scores in the morning papers and would also listen to out of town games on radio ( once again ask grandparents). I would listen to hawks games on wcfl am 1000. I thought Foley was pretty good with presenting the excitement of the game when he would bellow ” BIG save by Belfour!!! “.

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/05/14 at 01:34 PM ET

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Pat Foley along with Dale Tallon

When Foley and Tallon were doing TV I thought Tallon was horrible.  The worst ever.  He was such a homer that even during a reply I could swear we were watching two different games.

“Tree turdy tree left in the turd”

Generally I’m ok with Foley but he could lose this signature call anytime soon as far as I’m concerned.

Posted by BobTheZee on 06/05/14 at 01:50 PM ET

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