“Best of” Week continues here at The Sin Bin! This is the week where we take the time to publicly acknowledge the best work done by our wonderful team during the 2016-17 hockey season.

It goes without saying, but Team Sin Bin is comprised of some of the hardest working people covering minor pro hockey in North America. Each member of our team works diligently with their teams to break news, cover events and games, as well as bring you the reaction from those events.

In today’s installment in the “Best of,” we look at the two biggest newsbreakers on our team during the 2016-17 season.

Joe and I have had the privilege of working alongside Barry Janssen for the last five years and together, we have broken some of the biggest news since the move to the ECHL from the Central Hockey League. Each day during the season, Barry sits down and puts pen to paper on an article that provides readers an in-depth look at the Allen Americans and at the league. Barry’s diligence for getting the information correct, both in a breaking news setting and for his normal daily article, sets the bar for everyone on our team. His work has been picked up by the Dallas Morning News, as well other media outlets in the Dallas area, and in some cases, is the only way for people to read about the Allen Americans.

One of the things we have prided ourselves in is the relationships we have established through the sport. Barry has a very good relationship with everyone in the Americans’ front office and coach Steve Martinson. Additionally, he has fostered many relationships with people in other markets and has become a beacon for breaking news on Team Sin Bin.

Our other Newsbreaker of the Year is Mike Campos.

Since joining Team Sin Bin in August 2015, Campos has worked hard to raise the level of coverage the Southern Professional Hockey League has received. Campos has worked to break some of the bigger stories in the league, including the demise of the Louisiana IceGators, the return of hockey in Birmingham, AL, and a bus crash involving the Columbus Cottonmouths.

Through his folksy manner, Campos has worked to make connections and sources throughout the SPHL. Additionally, Campos is part of our site’s editorial team. His foresight on creating content and shaping the direction for where we want to go is the reason why our site has grown at the rate it has over the past twelve months.

Congratulations to both Barry & Mike on this accomplishment and thank you both for your incredible work!

There are two more #BestOf installments left! Tomorrow, we will reveal our Photographer of the Year and on Friday, we will reveal the Writer of the Year!

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