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Buffalo chapter of Professional Hockey Writers' Association home to 15 members this season

By John Vogl

For decades, the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and its members have strived to deliver timely, accurate and interesting news about the sport of hockey. The PHWA has chapters in all 30 NHL cities, including Buffalo, and has 285 members this season. The Buffalo chapter has 15.

As the PHWA name implies, it's open to professional hockey writers, people who derive all or a portion of their income from the coverage of hockey. The group includes reporters, magazine and Website owners, columnists and bloggers.

The PHWA ( works with teams and the NHL to ensure reporters are given the proper access to players and dressing rooms with the goal of delivering news to the public. The PHWA also votes on nearly every major NHL award, including the Hart Trophy.

Here is the 2012-13 PHWA Buffalo chapter, with the year the members joined the association, their affiliations and where their work can be found:

Chapter chairman: John Vogl, The Buffalo News, 2002

Wayne Redshaw, DWR Sports, 1970 (Life Membership)

Randy Schultz, WNY Hockey Report, 1983

Kevin Oklobzija, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 1985

Steve Manson, WNY Hockey Magazine, 1994

Janet Schultz, WNY Hockey Report, 1994

Bucky Gleason, The Buffalo News, 1995

Mike Haim, Associated Press stringer, 1996

Jim Fink, Buffalo Business First, 1997

Dan Hickling, WNY Hockey Magazine, 2000

John Wawrow, Associated Press, 2005

Andrew Kulyk, Artvoice, 2005

Peter Farrell, Artvoice, 2005

Mike Harrington, The Buffalo News, 2007

Warren Kozireski, WNY Hockey Report, 2011


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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