Harry Neale will be joining Ted Darling and Rick Jeannerette as recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award this year.
Harry will be the 35th recipient of the award, which was founded in 1984. Darling received his award in 1994, and RJ was honored last year.
Neale receives his award for a career in broadcasting that spans almost as much time as the Buffalo Sabres franchise. Neale joined the Hockey Night in Canada team in 1984 – after being behind the bench for a number of seasons.
For the past six years, he has been a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization, starting with RJ as the color commentator, and now as a member of the television broadcast team.
The Foster Hewitt is awarded to members of the broadcast community who contribute to the growth of the game. As team President Ted Black put it, there isn’t another broadcaster out there like Harry Neale.
Neale will receive his award on November 11, 2013. The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce the class of 2013 this year on July 9th.
Personally, I think Harry Neale should call it a career, because as I said on Facebook this year, Two Minutes with Harry Neale is two minutes too long; he does provide fans on Twitter with enough viral material for a stand up comedy routine.
Congratulations Harry Neale.
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