Photo by Brandon Anderson
The United States Hockey League announced that the Lincoln Stars were named 2017 USHL Media Team of the Year, as voted upon by media members of the USHL. 2016-17 marks the second season the award has been presented.
The USHL Media Team of the Year award is awarded annually to the team that best displays professionalism, hospitality and the core media values of the USHL.
“The Lincoln Stars are one of the most historic organizations in the USHL,” said Aaron Westendorf, USHL Director of Communications. “It is a difficult challenge to represent the history of such a long-standing team while merging new media practices. The Stars front office has been proactive with new media, has a high standard for quality in their photos and representation, and are one of the more aggressive teams when it comes to creating a professional approach for members of the media, as well as NHL scouts.”
Communications and Broadcasting Manager Matthew McGreevy is in his second season with the Stars after graduating from Ohio State University in 2015. Since joining the USHL, McGreevy has helped grow Lincoln’s media following and impressions by more than 30% through a variety of digital campaigns and media projects. Most recently, McGreevy oversaw the development and release of the Stars mobile app, and was instrumental in developing a Lincoln Stars Affiliate and Alumni report that covers past, present and future Lincoln Stars.
McGreevy has represented the Lincoln Stars at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in a media capacity the past two seasons. While there, he has been responsible for the creation of videos, interviews and press handlings for the USHL, in addition to broadcasting. In 2016, McGreevy was the first USHL reporter to broadcast live between the benches throughout the entirety of a game. Additionally, in 2017 McGreevy was the first USHL on-ice emcee during the for the Skills Competition prior to the event.
Lincoln Stars photographer Brandon Anderson is responsible for all in-game photos used on digital and social media throughout the season. Now in his sixth full season with the Stars, Anderson has frequently represented Lincoln at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, USHL Fall Classic and Clark Cup Playoffs. Anderson is a frequent contributor to both the USHL and Lincoln Stars websites.
Additional members of the Lincoln Stars media team include Chris Wood and Josh Meyers. Wood is in his tenth season operating the sound board and providing intermission coverage for Stars broadcasts on 93.7 The Ticket. Meyers assisted media efforts this season on social media while contributing to the Stars Alumni and Affiliate Report, a monthly report covering past and future players.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.