TELEVISION PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER
Television Play-by-Play Announcer Pat Foley is in his 31st season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Foley called Blackhawks games from 1981 to 2006 before spending two years (2006-08) with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves. The Glenview, Ill., native returned to the Blackhawks booth before the 2008-09 season, where he partners with Eddie Olczyk to broadcast all Blackhawks games in HD on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV Channel 9.
Foley was born and raised in the northern suburbs, where he attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., and received a degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University. Foley called baseball and hockey games at MSU before making his professional debut with the International Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Owls in 1977. Late Blackhawks Executive Vice President Michael Wirtz first heard Foley’s broadcasts of the Owls and recommended him for the job with the Blackhawks in the early 1980s.
In 1991, Foley received an Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement–Sports Program Live Series,” followed by a 2009 Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: Programming” and a 2012 Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs - Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited Program/Special.” He was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, joining local legends such as Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray. Foley was part of his first professional league championship after broadcasting Wolves games during their run to the 2008 Calder Cup.
The Blackhawks honored Foley for his 30th season as the team’s play-by-play voice in a pregame ceremony on April 19, 2013, at the United Center before hosting the Nashville Predators.