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Dave Eminian Honored for Outstanding Media Coverage
Published: July 5th 2012 @ 2:00 PM



The American Hockey League announced today that Peoria Journal Star beat sportswriter Dave Eminian has been named the 2011-12 recipient of the James H. Ellery Memorial Award, presented annually by the league in recognition of outstanding media coverage of the AHL.


Aside from Eminian in the newspaper category, Norfolk Admirals broadcaster Pete Michaud (radio); and Aaron LaFontaine of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (television) have also been honored.


The Rivermen beat writer at the Journal Star for 27 seasons, Eminian not only serves as one of the most informative writers in the AHL, but he also acts as a team historian and statistician, helping to preserve three decades of professional hockey history in Peoria. Eminian wrote more than 200 articles about the Rivermen and the AHL during the past season. He posted stories, video interviews and highlights on his Cleve’s World blog; which is one of the highest viewed blogs at pjstar.com.  He covered the team at home, on the road throughout the Midwest, in St. Louis during training camp and in the Peoria community throughout the year.


“To be chosen for this award in a league like the AHL, the best hockey league in the world outside of the NHL, is an honor that I am truly grateful for,” said Eminian. “It feels so good to have your work read, and recognized, outside of your own market and I want to sincerely thank the American Hockey League and the Peoria Journal Star for the roles they played in this.  I would also like the thank Kevin McDonald and Brendan Burke as well as the St. Louis Blues and Rivermen organizations whose access and assistance make what I do possible.”    


Eminian, who has covered over 2,000 Rivermen games since his debut during the 1984 International Hockey League playoffs, was also the first-ever recipient of the ECHL’s Outstanding Media Award following the 2002-03 season and has won Associated Press awards for investigative reporting and editorial excellence while the Rivermen competed in the International Hockey League.


“He has such passion for not only the game but the Peoria market and this team,” said St. Louis Blues assistant general manager and director of pro scouting and Peoria Rivermen general manager Kevin McDonald. “This award is an acknowledgement of all the hard work that he has put in over the years and we are so happy to have him as part of the Rivermen family.” 


Aside from his excellence in writing, the Brecksville, Ohio native also maintains one of the most viewed blogs on the Peoria Journal Star web site. He launched his own Twitter account (@icetimecleve) in November and now has over 900 followers.  He hosted a web-based television program “Ice Time Online” for the past three seasons and often made players accessible to fans in online chats through the newspaper web site. He writes and designs a preseason section of the newspaper “Ice Time” that often features more than a dozen of his original articles. This season he also returned to the airwaves as the co-host of the monthly radio show Rivermen RadioActive on CD Country 107.9FM.    


The James H. Ellery Memorial Awards, which were first presented in 1964, honor the late Mr. Ellery, who served the American Hockey League for 17 years as league secretary and publicity director.


In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 11th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2011-12.