We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2017-2018 season kicks off on October 5th against the Pittsburgh Penguins. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of the all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane looking back at our favorite Blackhawks.
There are still fans around today that remember Lloyd Pettit being the voice of the Chicago Blackhawks well before Pat Foley took over that spot.
Petit was the color guy to Jack Brickhouse at WGN, but he should have been the voice of the NHL back in the day except Brickhouse blocked the deal saying Pettit was still under contract.
This didn’t sidetrack Pettit from becoming the voice of the Chicago Blackhawks from the 60’s into the 70’s an era of some really good hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks. Pettit was a broadcaster during the days when it was only road games on TV, so he like Foley, he was the only person that could paint the picture of the Chicago Stadium if you were never able to get down to the old barn.
Here is a Youtube video of him with some of his calls.
Foley called him his boyhood idol and the reason he got into broadcasting. Pettit never did get to announce a Stanley Cup Championship with the Hawks losing all their Stanley Cup Final appearances with Pettit behind the mic!
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He did purchase the Milwaukee Admirals and was instrumental in having the Bradley Center built which at the time was way better than the Mecca!
Pettit did lead a group that tried to bring an NHL expansion team to Milwaukee, but he backed out due to the large expansion league fees the NHL was pursuing (which weren’t close to what the Vegas owner had come up with!)
Pettit is a Chicago legend if you ask anyone from my Father’s era!
What do you think? Should Pettit made the Top 100?
Only 94 days until the season kicks off!