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)

Wild, Maple Leafs win 2016-17 Dillman Award

The Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) has named the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs as recipients for the 2016-17 Dick Dillman Award for their respective conferences.

The award recognizes public relation staffs which go to extra lengths to help promote and cover their teams as well as the NHL.

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Portzline earns APSE honor

Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline earns first-place award

In the infancy of the 2014-15 season, Aaron Portzline delivered a story that almost seemed impossible. Today, it became an award-winner.

On Nov. 20, 2014, Portzline’s “Blind-sided: Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker,” rocked the hockey — and sports — world; a hockey player was bankrupt, partially at the hands of his parents.

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Q & A With Scott Burnside

The Professional Hockey Writers Association is made up of writers from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone’s relationship with hockey, or how they were drawn to the sport, is different.

Earlier this week, Kelly Erickson caught up with PHWA President, Scott Burnside, to talk about his role with the organization and some of his career highlights.

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