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ECHL selects Bill Ballou for Outstanding Media Award

Tuesday, June 12th
ECHL selects Bill Ballou for Outstanding Media Award

ECHL selects Bill Ballou for Outstanding Media Award

Ballou covered the Worcester Railers HC in their inaugural season

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that Bill Ballou of The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts has been selected as the 2017-18 recipient of the ECHL Outstanding Media Award for his coverage of the Worcester Railers HC. 

The award is determined in a vote of league media members, media relations directors and broadcasters.

“Going into last season I was covering an expansion team in a league I was unfamiliar with, so I had no idea what to expect,” Ballou said. “It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable years I’ve ever had writing about hockey.”

A lifelong resident of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Ballou graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1970 and has been with The Telegram & Gazette since 1984. He has covered three different pro hockey teams in Worcester, including the IceCats from 1994-2005 and the Sharks from 2006-15, in addition to the Railers. He is a two-time winner of the American Hockey League’s Ellery Award for print journalism. Ballou is also a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and is in his 32nd season of covering the Boston Red Sox.

ECHL Outstanding Media Award Winners

2017-18         Bill Ballou, The Telegram & Gazette

2016-17           Doyle Woody, Alaska Dispatch News

2015-16           Mark Monroe, The Toledo Blade

2014-15           Blake Sebring, TheNews-Sentinel

2013-14           Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News

2012-13           Andrew Miller, The Post & Courier

2011-12           Christine Troyke, Gwinnett Daily Post

2010-11           Pam Shebest, Kalamazoo Gazette

2009-10           Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News

2008-09           Mike Griffith, Bakersfield Californian

2007-08           Cleve Dheensaw, Victoria Times-Colonist

Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News

2006-07           Scott Linesburgh, Stockton Record

2005-06           Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News

2004-05           Mike Mastovich, The Tribune-Democrat

2003-04           Len Bardsley, The Times of Trenton

2002-03           Dave Eminian, Peoria Journal Star

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