CHICAGO – He’s been on the call over the span of five decades, from the Denis Savard, Al Secord, Doug Wilson era of the 1980s and the competitive teams early in the 1990s.
He was there when the franchise slipped at the turn of the century then built into a dynasty in the 2010s. Now as the 2020s get going, Pat Foley is going to have one last story to tell to Blackhawks’ fans over the next year.
On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer said in a statement released through the Blackhawks that he’ll step aside after the 2021-2022 season. Foley said that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue after the expiration of his contract after this upcoming campaign, and agreed with a transition plan set forth by the franchise.
He will call games for the Blackhawks this upcoming season along with another play-by-play announcer to be hired as a way to “pass the torch” in the broadcast booth.
It will end 39 seasons of Foley calling games, starting in 1980 with a two season break between 2006 and 2008 before returning to call three Stanley Cup championship teams in the 2010s.
Our Larry Hawley reflected on the major moment in Chicago broadcasting history on Wednesday’s WGN News Now. Watch it in the video above.