Brunker receives Award of Excellence for Media Relations

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

2014Nick BrunkerCincinnati Cyclones
2013Kevin Bartl and Ryan Holt
Bakersfield Condors
2012J.P. Puma
Colorado Eagles
2011Will HoenikeIdaho Steelheads
2010Eric LevineElmira Jackals
2009Mike BentonStockton Thunder
2008John HamelCincinnati Cyclones
 Jeff Harris and Mike WalkerVictoria Salmon Kings
2007Dustin BixbyGwinnett Gladiators
 Josh FisherLas Vegas Wranglers
2006Jeremy ZagerSan Diego Gulls
2005Jeremy ZagerSan Diego Gulls
2004Mike KellyMississippi Sea Wolves
2003Ryan StanzelLouisiana IceGators
2002Bill McLaughlinGreenville Grrrowl
2001Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
2000Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
1999Mark SimpsonCharlotte Checkers
1998Andy DavisRichmond Renegades
1997Peter KostosLouisiana IceGators