It is “Best of” Week 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 four of the biggest stories written by Team Sin Bin this past season. These stories have different flavors and different levels of involvement by you, our reader.

Our first article was written by Adam Twenter and profiles Jim Scheid, the father of former Kansas City Mavericks forward Eric Scheid, who died before Eric’s senior year at Penn State University after a protracted battle with testicular cancer. (A Life of Value)

Next, SPHL writer & author Dawne Walters does a Q & A with former Columbus Cottonmouths forward Rusty Hafner (cousin of Kelly Cup champion goaltender Lukas Hafner), otherwise known as “Hafcheds.”

The third article (well, series really) is all about reader involvement. Our resident “Gear Guru” Mark Grainda looked at the jerseys for all 27 ECHL teams, gives them a score based on creativity and authenticity, and fans voted on which one was the best.

ECHL North Division
ECHL South Division
ECHL Central Division
ECHL Mountain Division

Finally, Joe Rozycki pens a heartfelt essay about the legacy Andrew Courtney leaves behind after an eight-year career as a Kansas City Mavericks forward. (“Andrew Courtney: An Unparalleled Legacy”)

Congratulations to our entire team for working hard to put together these pieces for you, the reader!

Tomorrow, we will have our Newsbreakers of the Year!

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