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BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Harry Neale is being honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial award.

The award is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the radio and televisionindustry and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting. Sabres' announcers Rick Jeanneret and Ted Darling have received the award in the past.

Neale will be formally recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in the fall.

"There has never been a hockey broadcaster quite like Harry," said Sabres President Ted Black, in a released statement by the Sabres. "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 joined the Sabres as an TV/radio analyst in 2007.