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.
Television executives got it right with Eddie O. When you listen to him do a game on TV, it’s like you’re with your smartest friend at the bar watching the game.
One year ago, the Blackhawks ended 49 years of waiting when they beat the Flyers in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Announcer Pat Foley was on hand to witness the victory, and his favorite part may not have happened on the ice.
The Blackhawks dropped the first game of their opening series with the Canucks. While the two teams played a pretty even game the Blackhawks were clearly missing something fans have grown used to seeing.
Fighting’s role in hockey splits not only the sport’s fan base, but also those who are causal observers. From the outside it may look like a barbaric element of an otherwise graceful game, but it’s actually necessary.
For the 11th place Chicago Blackhawks it may not be time to hit the panic button just yet, but it’s definitely time for their big guns to starting coming through.
The Chicago Blackhawks have extended the contracts of TV play-by-play broadcaster Pat Foley and analyst Eddie Olczyk for three more years.
The first game of the Blackhawks long road trip is tonight is against the Edmonton Oilers. This road trip could go a long way towards building team chemistry and getting the Blackhawks back on track.