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Blackhawks Top 100- #31 Pat Foley

By Keith Schultz
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Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

There are no words to describe how Pat Foley made so many people listening on radio Blackhawks fans during the early 1980’s.  In today’s day and age of every game on television, twitter, live streaming, vines etc it’s hard to believe there was a time that you could only enjoy Blackhawks hockey live at the Stadium or on your radio dial.

Foley has been the Blackhawks announcer since 1981 except for a 2 year break from 2006-2008 and during what seems like the stone age was able to paint a picture about the Blackhawks that made you a fan for life before actually seeing them with your own two eyes.

I still remember when we finally got cable and there at the beginning of the game on Sportsvision was Pat Foley and Dale Tallon and hearing the game with the action on TV and it was great seeing and hearing Foley. It was always weird during the 80’s hearing any other announcer call the action and it wasn’t the same, but it was his call of Bannerman saves on radio that still reminds me of my childhood hanging out with my Dad listening to games and know it’s one of the reasons I became a fan for life.

Of course Foley had some great players to announce for including

Denis Savard

,

Steve Larmer

, and

Jeremy Roenick

along with today’s greats

Jonathan Toews

,

Patrick Kane

, and

Marian Hossa

.

Foley has been honored numerous times for his outstanding work, but the biggest award for him had to be the day that Rocky Wirtz asked him to return to the team after Bill Wirtz had fired the great announcer and he was able to be with the Blackhawks organization when the team ended their 49 year Stanley Cup drought!

Foley may upset fans these days with his shenanigans with Eddie in the both but when push comes to shove there isn’t any other announcer I want to hear when the puck drop than Pat Foley and his call.

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