The 66-year-old Foley, who is under contract through next season, decided not to renew his contract.
“I have had conversations with the Blackhawks about my future, and because I cannot guarantee that I would like to continue beyond the length of my contract that ends after next season, they must look ahead,” Foley said in a release. “I support and respect their plan to transition the broadcast booth and I’m thankful to the Wirtz family and the Blackhawks for this opportunity.”
Foley will also “call a portion of games and use the year to pass the torch to his successor.” The team is currently searching for Foley’s successor and an “update will be provided at the appropriate time,” according to the release.
Foley drew criticism each of the past two seasons while broadcasting games for a racially insensitive remark in an exhibition game in 2019-20 and a suicide reference in the team’s home finale. He apologized each time, and the Blackhawks said they were “incredibly disappointed” for the latter.
Foley’s 39th season in the broadcast booth will include a year-long celebration, according to the release. He called Blackhawks games from 1980 to 2006 before returning to the Blackhawks booth for the 2008-09 season.