The ECHL announced that Brian McCormack of the Idaho Steelheads is the 2017-18 recipient of the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year award as determined in voting by league media relations directors and broadcasters.
The other finalists were Ken Cail of the Manchester Monarchs, Everett Fitzhugh of the Cincinnati Cyclones, Matt Melzak of the Toledo Walleye, John Peterson of the Tulsa Oilers and Brian Tosti of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
McCormack, who served as the television broadcaster for the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic on NHL Network, recently completed his third season with the Steelheads, calling all games for KTIK Radio, with home game televised on Cable One. McCormack also coordinates the Steelheads’ media obligations, provides all written content for the team’s website and hosts the Bud Light Idaho Steelheads Hockey Show three days a week on 1350 KTIK. He spent the 2014-15 season as a Digital Media Intern with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, providing editorial content for the Blue Jackets’ web site. McCormack majored in Communication and Political Science at SUNY-Geneseo, where he also was the radio broadcaster for Geneseo’s Division III hockey team for three seasons and the Sports Director at WGSU Radio for two years.
ECHL Broadcaster Award Winners
2017-18 Brian McCormack, Idaho Steelheads
2016-17 Cameron Close, Adirondack Thunder
2015-16 Tommy Daniels, Allen Americans
2014-15 Will Hoenike, Idaho Steelheads
2013-14 Bob Chase, Fort Wayne Komets
2012-13 Joseph Zakrzewski, South Carolina Stingrays
2011-12 Bob Mills, Chicago Express
2010-11 Josh Bogorad, Alaska Aces
2009-10 Doug Plagens, Idaho Steelheads
2008-09 Josh Heller, South Carolina Stingrays
2007-08 Joe Babik, Fresno Falcons and Brendan Burke, Wheeling Nailers
2006-07 Kevin Reiter, Florida Everblades and Joe O’Donnell, Idaho Steelheads
2005-06 Dan Weiss, Phoenix RoadRunners
2004-05 John Michael, Johnstown Chiefs
2003-04 Jack Michaels, Alaska Aces
2002-03 Darren Abbott, South Carolina Stingrays
2001-02 Joe Zydlo, Trenton Titans