by PuckStopsHere on 06/12/13 at 12:47 AM ET
Today the media inductees for the Hall of Fame were announced. The broadcaster inducted is longtime Hockley Night In Canada and current Buffalo Sabres analyst Harry Neale. He wins the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. Jay Greenberg, a much travelled writer, best known for his time as a Philadelphia Flyer writer, is the sportswriter inductee. He wins the Elmer Ferguson Award.
Harry Neale was a coach. He coached the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the WHA for over three years until they folded in 1976. He then coached the New England Whalers for two seasons before leaving the WHA to coach in the NHL in Vancouver. He coached the Canucks for almost four years until late 1982 wheh he was suspended for ten games for fighting with a fan at a game in Quebec (imagine that happening today). Assistant coach Roger Neilson took over as coach and did such a good job that he took over the job permanently. Neale was promoted to general manager of the Canucks. He returned to coach the Canucks for two short periods when he fired coaches before being fired as Canuck GM in 1985. Neale was largely unsuccessful as a general manager but tried to return to coaching. Detroit hired him, but he was a flop and was fired after only 35 games. During his coaching career, Neale showed he had a charismatic television presence and made a few appearances in Hockey Night In Canada on CBC during playoff runs when his team didn't qualify for the playoffs. That was a bigger success than his coaching and after his coaching career flamed out he joined Hockey Night In Canada permanently in 1986. He was best known for working Toronto Maple Leaf games with Bob Cole. In 2007 he left Hockey Night In Canada to jin the Buffalo Sabres broadcast team. In 2012 the now 75 year old Neale decided to take a step back and he no longer works play-by-play and is now only involved as a pre-game and intermission analyst.
Jay Greenberg first wrote for the Kansas City Star and covered the Kansas City Scouts for their inaugural season in 1974/75. He jumped to the Evening and Sunday Bulletin in Philadelphia and later the Philadelphia Daily News. In total he covered the Philadelphia Flyers for 14 years until he expanded to a national audience with Sports Illustrated for three years. He also earned a featured column in The Hockey News. In 1992 he jumped to the Toronto Sun and in 1994 to the New York Post. In 2011 due to the downsizing of the newspaper market he was forced to become a freelance writer - it is a shame that such an accomplished hockey writer is not considered an asset in today's market. He has also written hockey books including Full Spectrum: Philadelphia Flyers in 2000 - which is perhaps the best Flyers history book at its time and Gordie Howe's Son which he co-wrote with Mark Howe.
Both are deserving inductees and should be congratulated. We look forward to seeing which players will join them in the 2013 Hall of Fame class.
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