Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Former Philly scribe Greenberg selected to Hockey Hall of Fame

TORONTO, ON -- The National Hockey League's Broadcasters’ Association announced on Tuesday that Jay Greenberg will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

Greenberg's first NHL writing experience was at the Kansas City Star, covering the city's ill-fated KC Scouts during its inaugural season of 1974-75. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania native then covered the Philadelphia Flyers for 14 years for the Daily News.

His renowned copy skills and in-depth analysis of the team produced an avid readership, and led to several non-fiction books focused on the Flyers. Full Spectrum, one of the most complete histories of a team ever done, was published in 1996.

Greenberg's 40-year writing career has also included a high profile post at Sports Illustrated, a featured column in The Hockey News, and general sports columnist roles at both the Toronto Sun and New York Post.

"During the prime of Jay's career, he was probably the best NHL beat writer in America," said USA Today's Kevin Allen, who also serves as the national president of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association. "He was both a gifted writer and a thorough reporter. It was a treat to read his NHL coverage."

Greenberg will receive his award at a luncheon presentation in Toronto on Monday, November 11.

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