Transparency — PHWA members to reveal individual award ballots

The Professional Hockey Writers Association has voted by an overwhelming margin to reveal each voter’s individual ballot following the 2018 National Hockey League Awards ceremony.

After an internal debate that stretched over many months, PHWA Members voted 81.3% in favour of full transparency, in a run-off conducted over a two-week period this March. This decision will result in the publication of each of the approximately 170 ballots, within days of the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas in late June.

Following in the footsteps our brethren with the Baseball Writers Association of America, the time has come for hockey writers to be more publicly accountable for their voting patterns.

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PHWA mourns Steve Harris

The Professional Hockey Writers Association mourns the loss of longtime member and Boston Herald reporter Steve Harris, who passed away suddenly on Thursday at the age of 66.

Harris joined the Herald in 1976 and became a PHWA member in 1979, covering thousands of Bruins games over his parts of five different decades around the team.

“Steve Harris was the welcoming, familiar face you could expect to see on any trip to Boston,” PHWA president Mark Spector said. “He was a true pro’s pro, a consummate journalist who was always more concerned about getting the facts than making a splash. His thorough and well-written work did the talking for him. The press box at TD Garden won’t be the same without him.”

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PHWA announces midseason award winners

TAMPA, Fla. — The Professional Hockey Writers Association announced today the winners of 10 Midseason Awards, as the hockey world descends on Tampa Bay to mark the halfway point of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.

Historically, the PHWA voted on “Half Season” Awards through 1968, but the annual practice fell off the radar soon after the advent of the modern-day NHL All-Star Game in 1969.

The Midseason Awards were revived this season, this time giving hockey fans across North America a vote with the power of social media.

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PHWA mourns Jim Johannson

The PHWA mourns the loss of USA Hockey assistant executive director Jim Johannson.

Johannson didn’t just have a relentless passion for the game of hockey and his country, he was always helpful in working with our organization to enhance the coverage of the players and teams he cared deeply about.

Our deepest condolences to USA Hockey and the Johannson family.

(Photo courtesy USA Hockey)

Red Fisher (1926 – 2018)

The PHWA mourns Red Fisher

For today’s members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, Red Fisher was a link to a different time. A time before the internet, when hockey writers wearing Fedoras wrote willowy prose on typewriters, quotes scrawled on a notepad and a cigar burning in a nearby ashtray. A time when reporters and players gained trust in each other, because they had enough one-on-one time to allow for such a relationship to be built.

Long before Twitter and blanket TV coverage, they were our only daily links to the teams we loved. People like Red, Frank Orr, and Dick Beddoes — if they wrote it, it was true. Period.

Since his first NHL game — the Richard Riots of March 17, 1955 — until very recently, Red chronicled the Montreal Canadiens. He covered the 1972 Summit Series, was an Elmer Ferguson Award winner, received the Order of Canada, and numerous National Newspaper Awards in Canada.

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Michael Russo wins inaugural Red Fisher Award

The Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) is proud to announce Michael Russo as the inaugural winner of the Red Fisher Award, which recognizes to the top overall beat reporter from the 2016-17 season, as voted by his peers.

Russo, who recently joined The Athletic Minnesota after a 12-year run at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, narrowly edged out finalists Aaron Portzline (The Athletic) and Larry Brooks (New York Post) in an incredibly close vote.

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