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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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