The ECHL announced that Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind. has been named winner of the 2014-15 ECHL Outstanding Media Award.

The award is determined in a vote of league media members, media relations directors and broadcasters.

“Blake is a deserving recipient of this year’s ECHL Outstanding Media Award,” ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. “He has covered the Komets for over 20 years, and fans have come to expect his top notch coverage on a daily basis throughout the season. He is certainly a very worthy winner.”

“Because this is voted upon by my peers and allows me to follow journalists like Pam Shebest, Dave Eminian, Doyle Woody and others I have so much respect for, this is a very meaningful and humbling day,” Sebring said.

Sebring has covered the Fort Wayne Komets for 23 seasons over 25 years, covering more than 1,400 games, and is one of only four men to ever cover the team for The News-Sentinel. Besides legendary sports editor Bud Gallmeier’s 35 years, no one in newspapers has covered the Komets longer.

He is also the author of five books, including “Tales of the Komets,” “Legends of the Komets”, “Live From Radio Rinkside: The Bob Chase Story” and “Fort Wayne Sports History.” Sebring was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in April.

YEAR        WINNER         MEDIA OUTLET

2015         Blake Sebring     The News-Sentinel

2014        Doyle Woody       Anchorage Daily News

2013        Andrew Miller     Post and Courier

2012        Christine Troyke  Gwinnett Daily Post

2011        Pam Shebest          Kalamazoo Gazette

2010       Doyle Woody         Anchorage Daily News

2009      Mike Griffith          Bakersfield Californian

2008     Doyle Woody          Anchorage Daily News
Cleve Dheensaw     Victoria Times-Colonist

2007     Scott Linesburgh     The Stockton Record

2006     Matt Nevala             Anchorage Daily News

2005     Mike Mastovich      Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

2004     Len Bardsley           The Times of Trenton

2003     Dave Eminian          Peoria Journal Star

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