Longtime Blackhawks Announcer Speaks Highly of Rocky Wirtz

Published July 27, 2023 at 11:41
BY RYAN
     
Pat Foley, a name synonymous with Chicago Blackhawks fans, known and cherished for his nearly 40 years of service as the team's longtime announcer. In 2022, Foley retired, leaving behind a legacy that continues to be cherished by many. Despite stepping away from his broadcasting duties, Foley remains involved in the hockey world, occasionally sharing his insights and thoughts on the current state and future of the Blackhawks.

The hockey community was shaken by the sudden and unfortunate news of the passing of Rocky Wirtz, the longtime owner of the Chicago Blackhawks. At the age of 70, Rocky left an indelible mark on the NHL and the team he loved. During an NBC Chicago sports broadcast, Pat Foley was interviewed and asked to reflect on the impact that Wirtz had on the Blackhawks organization.


After the passing of his father, William Wirtz, in 2007, Rocky took it upon himself to revitalize the Chicago Blackhawks. At that time, the team had recently drafted two promising stars, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. With a vision for success, Rocky helped lead the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup victories in less than a decade, bringing back the glory days and celebrating remarkable achievements on the ice.


As all good things must eventually come to an end, the window of success for the Blackhawks' previous core closed. However, Rocky together with General Manager Kyle Davidson, made the bold decision to embark on a new era.

This fresh chapter was spearheaded by the arrival of their newly drafted #1 center, Connor Bedard. Unfortunately, Rocky will not be able to witness the full potential of this young talent, much like his father couldn't in 2007.
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