Jay Greenberg named to Hockey Hall of Fame

Jay Greenberg named to Hockey Hall of Fame
June 11, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Jay Greenberg was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday. He has covered the Flyers and the NHL since the 1970's. (USA Today Images)

Jay Greenberg, CSNPhilly.com contributor and longtime Flyers beat writer, is going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He was named winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award on Tuesday by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Longtime CBC/Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Harry Neale was named the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner, as well, by the NHL Broadcasters Association.

Both will be inducted into the writers/broadcaster’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame next fall.

Greenberg covered the Flyers for the Evening Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News in the mid-1970s through the late 80s, part of which was an era when there were four newspapers in Philadelphia.

“Jay Greenberg is the ultimate hockey writer,” said Flyers chairman Ed Snider. “His incredible knowledge of the game combined with his dynamic style of chasing a story makes him one of the truly best writers to ever cover our sport.

“I remember when Jay was really just getting started when he covered our early years. He also penned 'Full Spectrum,' a wonderful story about the first 30 years our franchise. I'm proud to welcome Jay into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a well-deserved honor.”

Greenberg is the author of Full Spectrum, a history of the Flyers organization from its inception.

“During the prime of Jay's career, he was probably the best NHL beat writer in America,” said PHWA president Kevin Allen.

“He was both a gifted writer and a thorough reporter. It was a treat to read his NHL coverage.”

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Greenberg, whose career spans 40 years, covered the Kansas City Scouts (1974) for the Kansas City Star.

He is the third Flyers-connected honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining the late Gene Hart -- the first voice of the Flyers -- and television play-by-play man, Mike “Doc” Emrick.

“It probably means the most to me that my election is from my peers,” Greenberg said on the Flyers’ website.

“It’s been a while since I did the beat regularly so to be remembered for having done that means a lot to me.”

After leaving the Daily News in 1989, Greenberg wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, then became a general columnist for the Toronto Sun and finally the New York Post before returning to Philadelphia as a freelancer for CSNPhilly.com.

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