Some shocking and sad news for Chicago Blackhawks' fans on Wednesday.
The team has announced that the 2021-22 will be Pat Foley's final season calling Blackhawks' games.
It will be Foley's 39th season in the booth and they will celebrate his long career throughout the season.
Foley released a statement this morning regarding the announcement.
"Listening to the great Lloyd Pettit fostered a love for the Chicago Blackhawks and broadcasting at an early age. To follow in his footsteps and broadcast for the team for nearly 40 years is a dream come true for a Chicago native," said Foley. "Any kid who eats, sleeps and breathes sports, grows up wanting to play for their hometown team. Thankfully for me, I realized early on that my playing career wouldn't last beyond intramurals and that broadcasting was the next best thing to staying around the game. I have had conversations with the Blackhawks about my future, and because I cannot guarantee that I would like to continue beyond the length of my contract that ends after next season, they must look ahead. I support and respect their plan to transition the broadcast booth and I'm thankful to the Wirtz family and the Blackhawks for this opportunity."
Hawks' chairman Rocky Wirtz.
"Pat Foley has been synonymous with Chicago Blackhawks hockey for well over a generation," said Wirtz. "We are thankful for the memories Pat has created for our fans through the years and he will continue to be a part of the Blackhawks family. We are excited to begin this search for a new television play-by-play broadcaster who will create Blackhawks memories for the next generation of fans."
Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Pat Foley will call his final season of #Blackhawks hockey during the 2021-22 campaign. A titan of the NHL and Chicago broadcasting community, Foley’s 39th season in the booth will include a year-long celebration. pic.twitter.com/9RCJ1SBhxY
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 23, 2021