Nick Brunker of the Cincinnati Cyclones is the 2013-14 recipient of the Award of Excellence for Media Relations as determined in voting by members of the media, league media relations directors and broadcasters.
The other finalists were Ray Schmitt of the Elmira Jackals, Chuck Bailey of the Fort Wayne Komets, Will Hoenike of the Idaho Steelheads and Adrian Denny of the Utah Grizzlies.
Brunker recently completed his fourth season as the Director of Public Relations and Broadcasting for the Cyclones. Prior to joining the team in 2010, he served as a producer and occasional fill-in host at WCKY-AM. A native of Cincinnati, Brunker played high school hockey at Sycamore High School, where he was the team’s starting goaltender, before attending Miami University, where he called RedHawks hockey for four years before graduating in 2006. While at Miami he also did football, baseball, basketball and two summers as Dayton Dragons analyst and assistant media relations director.
ECHL Award of Excellence for Media Relations Winners
|2014||Nick Brunker||Cincinnati Cyclones
|2013||Kevin Bartl and Ryan Holt
|2011||Will Hoenike||Idaho Steelheads|
|2010||Eric Levine||Elmira Jackals|
|2009||Mike Benton||Stockton Thunder|
|2008||John Hamel||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|Jeff Harris and Mike Walker||Victoria Salmon Kings|
|2007||Dustin Bixby||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|Josh Fisher||Las Vegas Wranglers|
|2006||Jeremy Zager||San Diego Gulls|
|2005||Jeremy Zager||San Diego Gulls|
|2004||Mike Kelly||Mississippi Sea Wolves|
|2003||Ryan Stanzel||Louisiana IceGators|
|2002||Bill McLaughlin||Greenville Grrrowl|
|2001||Darren Abbott||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2000||Darren Abbott||South Carolina Stingrays|
|1999||Mark Simpson||Charlotte Checkers|
|1998||Andy Davis||Richmond Renegades|
|1997||Peter Kostos||Louisiana IceGators|