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Thursday, May 19, 2011

BCHL BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR


First off I would like to thank the BCHL to recognize my work and feel i'm deserving of this award. This award may have only been out for a few years, but it has been handed to guys in the past whose work for their teams I highly admire.

Secondly, I would like to thank Darcy Rota and the rest Express organization for giving me the opportunity to call their games. I wouldn't have a chance to win an award like this if it wasn't for their belief in my ability.

My involvement with the Express has opened doors to experience things I could have only dreamed of and for that i'm forever grateful.

I would like to thank Gord Doerkson for being my color commentator for the last 6 years. He always brings his passion for the game and the Express to the booth every night. He is my broadcast partner, but I consider him a friend first.

And I would like to thank my fellow broadcasters in this league. There is plenty of talent out there with every team. It is one of my favorite parts of the job meeting up and chatting with you all when our teams get together over the course of a season.

The British Columbia Hockey League is pleased to announce Coquitlam Express play-by-play broadcaster Eddie Gregory has been named the TEAM 1040 Broadcaster of the Year.

Gregory has been the voice of the Express for the past seven seasons and has been with the club in various capacities from scorekeeper to DJ since the club’s inception in 2001. He also maintains a blog called Coquitlam Expressions (http://expressvoice.blogspot.com).

This past season, the 29-year-old Vancouver native covered a young Express squad that qualified for the playoffs with a mad scramble to the finish but couldn’t get past a strong Surrey Eagles team in the opening round. In April, Gregory was in charge of media relations for Team Canada, a group of BCHL players that went to Russia for an invitational tournament and came away with a silver medal. It was an experience Gregory puts up with the 2005-06 season when he called games for the RBC Cup-winning Express team led by Kyle Turris.

“I’ve been on a couple of hockey trips over the course of my time and hockey has given me some unreal experiences,” said Gregory, who created a blog specifically for the Russia trip (http://thebchlinrussia.blogspot.com). “Going to Russia and seeing the team win second place is right up there with the trip to the RBC Cup. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’d like to thank the BCHL for the chance to do it.”

Though pleased with the personal recognition, Gregory said he couldn’t have done it alone. “I’d like to thank (broadcast partner) Gord Doerkson as well; we’ve worked together for six year and this is his award too.”

The BCHL believes Gregory’s unwavering dedication to the league and coverage of the Express through various forms of media made him an ideal choice.

“He’s long been a broadcaster in the BCHL and has gone above and beyond in promoting the league and Junior A hockey,” said league executive director Dave Sales. “The award is well-deserved for Eddie.”

2 comments:

lmcneelybwc said...

Congratulations Eddie! For any player's family who followed the Express road games that you covered, they will agree that you very quickly become a very special person and friend.

From the McNeely family, a heartfelt congratulations and thank you for your commitment and support of the Express and for playing a special part in our son's hockey success.

Eddie Gregory said...

Thanks Len for the kind words. Best of luck to Tyler w/ the Isles next year.

I'll see you around the rink.