Bob Verdi Headed To The Hall Of Fame

Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi has earned a place among the immortals of the game.

On Thursday, Scott Burnside, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced that Verdi will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism. Sam Rosen, the voice of the New York Rangers, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

From the release:

Named Sportswriter of the Year in the state of Illinois a remarkable 19 times, Bob Verdi honed his skills under the intense pressure that only comes while working in one of the game’s original six markets. In addition to writing or contributing to six books about Blackhawks players and teams, Verdi also spent three decades as a full time writer at the Chicago Tribune. After years as a beat writer covering the Blackhawks, Verdi became a columnist at the Tribune, and continued to delight sports fans everywhere. A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Lake Forest College, the Blackhawks named Verdi official team historian in 2010.

22 thoughts on “Bob Verdi Headed To The Hall Of Fame

  • June 2, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    One of the best, I have enjoyed his views for many years. Very much deserved.

  • June 2, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Great news!

    So when I was a wee lad in the 60’s following the exploits of not only the Hawks, but those of the Sox, Cubs and Bears too, I recall reading Verdi in a tribune column called “In the Wake of the News” in the sports section.

    I would read that column along with the studying the box score that would have a pithy title, such as “Le-night-mare” when Lemaire scored from the redline in game 7 in 1971.

    I also recall listening to Lloyd Pettit on my transistor radio with Lou Boudreau providing color which was really weird since although Lou had a French name he was a HOF baseball player from Harvey IL, not a hockey player. Frankly I think I knew as much about hockey as he did. Do other’s recall this or age catching up to me?

    Anyways, I always like Verdi’s writing and I like that he got this honor.

  • June 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Dave : I grew up in the 50s and 60s on the west side of Chucago. I recall the same things — I loved the Hawk away games on WGN TV with Lloyd and Lou. Lou was lost when it came to hockey.

    The Trib had the best sports coverage . Used to argue with my brother every morning over who would get to read the sports page first.

    Fond memories.

  • June 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I grew up reading Bob Verdi. Absolutely one of the best and a very good man to boot.

  • June 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Interesting take by some hockey writer I never heard of that the Hawks should move Anisimov as means to retain Shaw. That Teuvo could step into the 2C role.

  • June 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Transistor radios and the Blackhawks ..go anywhere, listen to the game coming through the air for free. Those were good times. Flawed, but simplier. Now it’s really flawed, expensive, nothing is free, and it’s complicated.

  • June 2, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I’m not opposed to moving Anisimov. But it wouldn’t be for the sole purpose of retaining Shaw. Also, Teuvo is not a center. Look up the faceoff numbers I posted in a prior post. Granted Anisimov was bad too. But he brings size and net presence that Teuvo doesn’t.

    Congrats to Verdi. I really enjoy his stuff.

    When it comes to Sam Rosen. I know team announcers are very geographical when it comes to if you like or dislike. Most people can’t stand Foley outside of Chicago. His schtick with Olczyk does get old. But am I the only one that can’t stand Sam Rosen whether it’s hockey or football?

  • June 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    “Brandon Share-Cohen is an avid fan of most sports who puts in a conscious effort to provide quality content for all of his readers. As a full-time University student, Brandon has found creative ways to build his schedule accordingly for all of his day-to-day tasks and requirements.”

    I personally would use the term writer very loosely. More of a blogger putting forth his opinions and speculation. Always consider the source, whether it be this case or something at hockey buzz or hockey’s future. A quick Google search can tell you a lot about something before you read it just based on more info you have on the the author.

  • June 3, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I grew up reading Verdi when he covered the Hawks for the Trib. As mentioned above, in those days it was about listening to home games on the radio with Lloyd (a shot and a goal!!) and watching road games on WGN, especially the Saturday matches. Bob Verdi was the guy I read in the morning at the breakfast table in his Hawks game recaps. There was another hockey writer guy I believe whose name was Ted? that wrote as well. Dave Condon too.

    It is a good thing that Bob Verdi is being honored, and I am happy to still be reading his insights. Well done Bob!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • June 3, 2016 at 11:11 am

    @Ernie—seems like you are the only one.

    Both Bob and Sam are deserving of the award.

  • June 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

    @Ernie—AA’s numbers were bad due to a bad wrist.

  • June 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Anisimov faceoff numbers through the years
    08/09- played 1 game and went 2 for 5.

  • June 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Move AA so TT could have his spot? That’s a joke right?

    We’ve been looking for a #2 center since Bolland started to slide, we finally get a very good one, and now we move him so we can gift the spot to a guy (the hype notwithstanding) who might not ever be physically ready for the NHL, let alone at center. A better move would be to shop TT now while he still may have some value.

  • June 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Hockey Night in Canada reporting during the 2nd intermission tonight in San Jose that if the NHLPA does not vote for the 5% increase then the Cap WILL go DOWN below 70 million. How you like dem apples?

  • June 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I’m not opposed to moving Anisimov. But if he is which I doubt, it is not with the notion that Teuvo is a center. He’s not.

    If that move is made, you’re getting back a center like Draisatl, RNH, or Galchenyuk. All of which would take way more than Anisimov to get. Don’t see it happening. The article was written by a 20 yr old college kid from Quebec.

    He calls himself a reporter. But he’s not. He also has a bruins blog.

  • June 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Mining, I do not believe a word of that Florida bullshit.

  • June 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Mr. Verdi is as class act and great sports historian, … unfortunately there’s no-one warming up to fill his shoes. His writing is second to none, … congratulations Bob!

  • June 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Morrison- Not sure what you mean by “Florida” bs….It was on HNIC and it was Elliotte Friedman who made the statement. Could you explain what you mean? That being said, in today’s upside world I wouldn’t doubt what he stated, however the players will go for the escalator to make it all moot. The NHL is doing well but the economy sucks in both the US and Canada. Ratings have come no where near the promised projections from the big TV deal in Canada and advertisers will be getting huge adjustments. The millennial generation rarely watches a game on TV, plus, in Canada, immigration over the past years has radically changed the makeup of society so much that soccer is becoming #1, they don’t know hockey or care about it and equipment and ice time is so expensive it is becoming unattainable for the fast disappearing traditional middle classes The only solid group they can count on is the older dudes like myself who live and breath hockey and are loyal to their teams.

  • June 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    That would be upside-DOWN world…you know, the one where your not sure which washroom to use anymore.

  • June 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    It’s only a matter of time before some wise ass kid pulls the I feel like a girl today to go into the girls locker room at school. Precedent has been set. Wonder how guys like wayne feel about this topic.

    Slow hockey weekend. The doldrums of the offseason have unfortunately started early.

  • June 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Congrats to Verdi.

    I would have no issue seeing AA moved. Many could replace what he did for the Hawks last year, however, TT is not one of them. AA did the dirty work by going into the corners and providing net front presence on that second line. TT could not bring that to the line. Kane and Panarin made AA’s stats better. AA never has been great at the dot so that begs the question, can he get better there? If TT overcomes his obvious fear of contact and improves the yield from his skills, it clearly would not make sense to load up one line with your team’s best playmakers.

  • June 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Trading Teuvo was a mistake, mark my words he will be a great player in the future. All because of Bickel deal. Stan really screwed up signing him to big deal. Now has to trade away what be a great player.

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