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Omaha Lancers named 2016 USHL Media Team of the Year

05/13/2016, 7:00am CDT

Omaha Lancers benefited from director of media relations and broadcast Rop Lippolis, and production director Bill Nervig this season.


The United States Hockey League announced that the Omaha Lancers were named 2016 USHL Media Team of the Year, as voted upon by media members of the USHL. 2015-16 marks the first season the award has been presented.


Media relations and broadcast director Rob Lippolis was in his second year in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers prior to spending three seasons with the Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL). Lippolis reached a new high for the Lancers with media coverage this season, including a record amount of media mentions during the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, as well as regular season coverage that included expanded television coverage to compliment traditional print and radio. In addition to media outreach, Lippolis was tasked with the creation and design of daily Omaha Lancers graphics, player news and team interviews.


Lippolis was a part of a successful broadcast team that includes one of the best productions in the USHL. The HD broadcast features drone footage during introductions, and a state-of-the-art smoke and light show that are complimented by professional in-arena camera work. Lippolis and his broadcast were featured on Omaha’s News Talk 1290 KOIL, as well as tape-delayed on Cox Network television.


The Lancers production team includes director Bill Nervig, Chris Harbold, Chuck Stahl, Jessica Muffly, Roger Harpster, Gavin Wigg of Steam Digital graphics, audio/video specialist Keith Craig, Bobby Barber of Over Exposure drone services and PA announcer Erik Johnson.


Lippolis recently announced that he accepted a promotion to Binghamton Senators in the American Hockey League (AHL), the primary affiliate of the NHL Ottawa Senators. Lippolis was named Director of Media/Community Relations for the Senators, and will be featured in several of the team’s games as the play-by-play broadcaster. 


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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