The Chicago Blackhawks have a rich tradition on the ice, and the man tasked with documenting that tradition is being honored with the highest award that can be bestowed upon a hockey journalist.
That writer is Bob Verdi, who was named the Blackhawks’ official team historian back in 2010. On Thursday, it was announced that Verdi was named the recipient of the PHWA’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, given to writers that have displayed “excellence in hockey journalism.”
The award means that Verdi will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, joining Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley, who was inducted in 2014.
Verdi worked for the Chicago Tribune for over three decades during his career, and was named Illinois’ Sportswriter of the Year a remarkable 19 times. He’s also written and contributed to six books about the Blackhawks during his career.
The NHL Broadcasters’ Association gave the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award to broadcaster Sam Rosen, who has been the voice of the New York Rangers for over 30 seasons. Rosen also has done Chicago Bears preseason coverage for many years, so fans in the Windy City are also familiar with his voice.
According to the NHL, the journalists will receive their awards in Toronto on Nov. 14, when the Hall holds its Media Awards Luncheon.