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McNeil: Foley Deserves Accolades Blackhawks Bestowing On Him

Chicago Blackhawks logo on jersey. (Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks logo on jersey. (Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

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By Dan McNeil-

Pat Foley wasn’t behind a microphone when Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals lifted the Blackhawks to their first championship in 49 years.

NBC had exclusivity for the finals, which meant Foley was reduced to spectator status.

Nobody in the Hawks traveling party, however, had a bigger grin on his mug when the team and its families celebrated for an hour on the ice at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center.

“I think I’ve only worn this once before,” Foley told me, pointing to a red necktie with the number “3” in white. “I knew this was going to be something special and I wanted Maggie to be a part of it in some way.”

Maggie is Keith Magnuson, the former rugged Hawks defenseman and coach, who remained active with the team’s alumni association until his death in December 2003. Magnuson and Foley were pals.

For the rest of McNeil’s column from the Tribune, please click here.