LAFAYETTE, La. — The Sin Bin is proud to announce Brian Gardner of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs has been named our SPHL Broadcaster of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

The Broadcaster of the Year award is selected by the broadcasters around the Southern Professional Hockey League as well as the editorial staff from and is awarded based on overall broadcasting performance, professionalism in media relations, and communications ability.

“I am so proud for brian to earn this award. his professionalism as a broadcaster and a communicator is highly regarded around the SPHL and greatly appreciated by our staff. We are blessed with a fantastic and diverse group of broadcasters around the league, making this year’s selection a difficult choice.” — Managing Editor Mike Campos

Gardner graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in communication with a minor in sports management in journalism. His broadcasting career began at ODU as the sports director at the student radio station and was the student voice of Monarch athletics. Gardner also held broadcasting roles with Middlebury College hockey, the Salem Red Sox, Radford University basketball, and the Binghamton Mets prior to joining the Rail Yard Dawgs.

“I’m extremely honored to receive this award. To be recognized by my peers is an incredible feeling. I couldn’t be more grateful to the rest of the SPHL broadcasters as well as Mike and the Sin Bin for putting this together.” — Brian Gardner

Gardner succeeds T.J. Chillot from the former Mississippi RiverKings organization, who received the inaugural Broadcaster of the Year award for the 2017-18 season.

Here are some of our favorite calls from Gardner from the 2018-19 season.


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