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Hockey Hall of Fame honors Sabres broadcaster Harry Neale


For the second consecutive year, a Buffalo Sabres broadcaster is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Harry Neale, a longtime CBC "Hockey Night in Canada" analyst and a member of the Sabres broadcast team for the past six seasons, has been chosen as the 2013 winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to hockey as a broadcaster.

A former NHL and WHA coach, Neale joined "Hockey Night in Canada" as an analyst in 1986, calling countless NHL games as well as two World Cups and three Olympics.

Last year's winner of the same award was longtime Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret. The late Ted Darling, who was the voice of the Sabres from 1970 until 1991, when a fatal illness sidelined him, was honored in 1994.

Named in honor of the late “Voice of Hockey” in Canada, the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award was first presented in 1984 by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and to the game of hockey.

Neale will receive his award at a luncheon presentation in Toronto on November 11.


Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.