The Brian Fishman Fellowship is named in honor of the late Brian Fishman, who served as Manager of Communications and Marketing for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program during the 1998-99 season. Brian passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 1999, at age 28.
Brian's responsibilities with USA Hockey included coordinating on-site media relations, marketing, sales and promotional activities for the NTDP, which is based in Plymouth, Mich. He also served as the media relations contact for the U.S. National Junior Team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the 1999 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
Prior to joining USA Hockey, Brian worked for three years in the Athletic Media Relations Department at the University of Michigan. His primary responsibilities included coordinating publicity for the men's ice hockey and women's field hockey teams.
He was the media relations contact for the 1995-96 and 1997-98 NCAA champion University of Michigan men's ice hockey teams.
Brian came to Ann Arbor from Fort Worth, Texas, where he worked as a sports reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A native of Potomac, Md., Brian attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and communication arts in 1993. While at the University of Wisconsin, Brian covered the hockey and volleyball programs for Badger Plus, a weeklyMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel magazine; the La Crosse Tribune; the Badger Herald; and College Hockey Journal.
Brian is survived by his parents, Barry and Ruth Fishman of Potomac, and a sister, Susan, who lives in New York.