The ECHL announced on Tuesday that Bill Ballou, who covers the Worcester Railers for The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts has been selected as the 2017-18 recipient of the ECHL Outstanding Media Award.
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, The News-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 and 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