Broadcasting vet Foley joins Wolves

The Chicago Wolves have named Chicago native and 25-year National Hockey League broadcasting veteran Pat Foley the team’s play-by-play announcer.

Foley makes his Wolves debut on Oct. 7, when the team enters its fourth season of televising every regular-season game, including all 40 home contests and every playoff game, live locally on Comcast Cable.

"As far as professional organizations go, the Wolves are the top of the ladder," Foley said. "I am really looking forward to this opportunity. I get to remain at home in Chicago and broadcast to fans I’ve had a relationship with for 25 years."

Prior to joining the Wolves, Foley, a graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, called Chicago Blackhawks games for a quarter of a century. He made his professional broadcasting debut with the Grand Rapids Owls of the International Hockey League in 1977.

Foley replaces Judd Sirott, who departs the team to become the play-by-play announcer for the NHL on HDNet.

"We had a need for a broadcaster and it seemed like the stars aligned for us," Wolves chairman of the board Don Levin said. "I couldn¹t believe that a true Chicago broadcasting legend like Pat was available. We are excited to welcome him to the organization."

The 52-year-old Foley received an Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement, Sports Program Live Series" in 1991 and was inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Foley will be re-united with Wolves color analyst Bill Gardner, whom he previously worked with in the Blackhawks broadcast booth from 1998 to 2002.