“Holy mackinaw!” Beloved Toronto Maple Leafs broadcaster Joe Bowen and long-time hockey writer Larry Brooks will be honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame later this year.
Joe Bowen and Larry Brooks to be Honoured by Hockey Hall of Fame
Mr. Bowen will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. Brooks will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism.
Truly honoured to receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from @HockeyHallFame for ‘18 A privilege to join the Hewitts Gallivan Cole, Harry Neale Jiggs McDonald Dan Kelly Loyd Pettit Brian McFarlane. Thanks to all I have worked with in the booth and on the ice. Truly humbled!!!
— Joe Bowen (@BonsieTweets) June 1, 2018
Bowen was selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association and Brooks was selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Mark Spector, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that Larry Brooks will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award and Joe Bowen will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. pic.twitter.com/p4KYTRQSw1
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 1, 2018
The Rundown on Joe Bowen
Fans know Bowen for his trademark “HOLY MACKINAW!” and making the Leafs’ biggest moments bigger. Maple Leafs fans will always remember Bowen for his larger than life broadcasting skills that allow him to pain vivid pictures of the games for his eager listeners.
Not forgetting to mention, fans of the blue and white love to brag about how they opt to listen to Bowen’s TSN 1050 and FAN 590 radio calls of Leaf games rather than listening to the TV play-by-play announcers. Fans love his one liners for the masters of the meshed mansions.
Congratulations to 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame Media Award recipient @BonsieTweets, who will be awarded the Foster Hewitt Award for outstanding contributions
as a hockey broadcaster. #holymackinaw #TMLTalk
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) June 1, 2018
The Rundown on Larry Brooks
Brooks has covered the New York Rangers for 22 straight seasons for the New York Post. Fans love his coverage of the Rangers. Brooks always goes out of the way to get the story for the fans. He also serves as the newspaper’s national NHL columnist and has written some popular columns for the Post. Brooks’ public and personal clashes with athletes over the years have kept things interesting for his readers.
“With the possible exception of broken teeth, nothing is more hockey than Larry Brooks,” Post editor-in-chief Steve Lynch said. “His coverage of the Rangers and the NHL is unparalleled, entertaining and informing Post readers for 32 years. His colleagues at The Post congratulate him on an honor well deserved.”
When will they get their awards?
They will receive their awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards luncheon on Nov. 12 as part of the Hall’s induction weekend.
The rest of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will be named June 26.