by PuckStopsHere on 06/06/14 at 12:48 PM ET
Yesterday the Hall of Fame media honorees were announced. Winning the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for hockey journalism was Kevin Allen and winning the Forster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting was Pat Foley. Both are deserving honorees.
Kevin Allen first broke in with the Port Huron (Michigan) Times Herald and in 1986 became the USA Today hockey reporter. He is one of the most well-connected reporters in hockey today. In December he won the Lester Patrick award for outstanding service to hockey in the US.
Pat Foley broke in calling games for the Grand Rapids Owls of the IHL. In 1981, he became the voice of the Chicago Blackhawks. He has held that position ever since, except for a two year period from 2006-2008 when the Hawks let him go and he worked for the AHL Chicago Wolves. When he was brought back, this was acknowledged as a mistake by the penny-pinching Bill Wirtz Blackhawks. He also called games on Fox during the NHL's run on that station from 1995 to 1998.
Congratulations to both deserving Hall of Fame additions.
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