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Audio extra: Shero 'walks together forever' with greats in Hall of Fame induction

Fred Shero behind the bench with the Broad Street Bullies at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, circa 1975 (Getty Images).

By Mike Harrington

The Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight at 7:30 in Toronto (televised on NHL Network) and it marks a career milestone for Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Canadian women's star Geraldine Heaney.

(In a luncheon earlier today, former CBC and Sabres analyst Harry Neale was honored with the Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasting excellent. Amy Moritz spoke with Neale for this story in today's editions.)

Also earning his Hall call tonight posthumously is longtime former NHL coach Fred Shero and he will be represented by his son, Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero.

Here's a great story about Shero's legacy in the game.

Nashville Predators announcer Pete Weber, my good friend and the longtime former Bisons and Sabres radio voice, taped an interview about Shero with his Nashville color analyst and former Shero center Terry Crisp. It's a great, breezy listen at the end of this post (Thanks for the assist, Pete).

Crisp first met Shero in Buffalo, playing for the 1969-70 Bisons that won the AHL's Calder Cup in the team's final season before the Sabres came to town. He then played for both of Philadelphia's Stanley Cup champions, including the 1975 team that beat the Sabres in Game Six at Memorial Auditorium to win their second straight Cup.

The interview includes stories about crazy practice drills, the wild 1976 game against the Central Red Army that saw the Russians walk off the ice for a few minutes, and Shero's famous 1974 blackboard quote before the Flyers' first Cup clincher against Boston: "Win today and we'll walk together forever."

It's great stuff.

Terry Crisp/Pete Weber on Shero

Harry Neale honored to receive Foster Hewitt Award after listening to legendary broadcaster as kid

By John Vogl

Harry Neale remembers begging his father to let him stay up late and listen to hockey broadcasts. Neale, only about 8 years old, would sneak a radio into his bedroom in Sarnia, Ont., and visualize the images conjured by legendary Maple Leafs broadcaster Foster Hewitt.

When Neale's phone rang with the news he was this year's recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award -- an honor that features recognition in the Hockey Hall of Fame -- the Sabres' broadcaster welled up.

"I can’t ever remember feeling as different as I did when I got the call," Neale said today. "It was a humbling moment to be in a group as celebrity-filled as the Foster Hewitt Award."

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Sabres' Neale follows Jeanneret into Hockey Hall of Fame as Foster Hewitt winner

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.

John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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