By John Vogl
Harry Neale went to a Hockey Hall of Fame banquet last spring to watch Rick Jeanneret get honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. Neale will go back again this year, but this time he's the one earning broadcasting's biggest honor.
Neale has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Foster Hewitt, awarded annually to members of the radio and television industry who make outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of ice hockey during their broadcasting career. The winners are selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
Recipients of the Foster Hewitt are honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame with a plaque in the great hall. Neale will join Jeanneret and Ted Darling (1994) as Sabres announcers in the Hall.
Neale joined the Sabres' broadcasting team in 2007 after a long career with CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada." He was the color analyst for five years before moving to a studio role this season.
"Harry has entertained millions of hockey fans in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years,” said Chuck Kaiton, president of the broadcasters' association. “His unique brand of humor and insight has been memorable. He is extremely worthy of this honor."
Jay Greenberg, a longtime writer who has covered the Flyers and Kansas City Scouts, among other teams, also will earn Hall recognition as the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award. The honor, awarded by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, is given to distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honor to journalism and to hockey.