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 (twitter.com/ThePHWA) 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