Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As part of the Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend later this year, a second Sabre broadcaster in as many years will receive the Foster Hewitt Award.
Harry Neale follows Rick Jeanneret into the list of recipients of the award presented by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
Neale coached for some 20 years in the NHL, WHA, and NCAA. Neale turned to broadcasting in 1986. Starting at CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, Neale combined a deep knowledge of the game with a unique and humourous approach that endeared him to hockey fans. While with Hockey Night the native of Sarnia, Ontario, covered three Olympic Games, two World Cups of Hockey and countless important NHL games. For the past six years Neale has served as a broadcast analyst with the Buffalo Sabres.
“Harry has entertained millions of hockey fans in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years,” said NHL Broadcasters' Association President Chuck Kaiton. “His unique brand of humour and insight has been memorable. He is extremely worthy of this honour and the NHL Broadcasters' Association applauds him for his great work in all aspects of hockey."
“There has never been a hockey broadcaster quite like Harry,” said Sabres President Ted Black. “He blends his vast knowledge of the game with his own brand of humor and it has obviously resonated with hockey fans for years. We congratulate Harry on this honor and we are very proud to have him as a member of the Sabres family.”
Neale will receive his award November 11th in Toronto.