The Brian Fishman Fellowship was established in 1999 following the tragic death of Brian Fishman, 28, who served as the Manager of Communications and Marketing for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.
The Fellowship, which is based in USA Hockey's communications department, is awarded annually to an outstanding college graduate who is pursuing a career in athletic communications.
The 24-month Fellowship calls for assistance with various media and public relations projects, social/digital media, content creation, event promotions and publishing initiatives, including work with USA Hockey Magazine.
Brian's parents, Barry and Ruth, and sister, Susan, were integral in establishing the Fellowship, one of the nation's most prestigious, to help perpetuate Brian's memory.
The recipient of The Brian Fishman Fellowship will be chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the print and broadcast media, the USA hockey National Team Development Program, the United States Olympic Committee and several collegiate athletic departments.
• The Brian Fishman Fellowship will be awarded to a for a soon-to-be (spring 2021) or very recent college graduate who is pursuing a career in athletic communications.
• Successful candidates will have gained substantial experience working in their college or university sports information office.
• Preference also will be given to those candidates who have earned an undergraduate degree in journalism, English, communications, sports management or a related field.
• Applicants should represent the high ideals characterized by Brian in both the personal and professional aspects of life, including determination, integrity and enthusiasm.
The Fellowship calls for assistance with all aspects of USA Hockey’s communications division, including social media initiatives, media and public relations activities, event support, content creation, including work with USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.
The Brian Fishman Fellowship is 24 months, with the first 12 months at USA Hockey's national office in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the second 12 months in Plymouth, Mich., at USA Hockey Arena with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The Fellowship begins in late June each year and a monthly stipend is provided.
Participants will be required to present both a written and verbal summary of their Fellowship experiences during the USA Hockey Annual Congress, held each June in Colorado Springs, Colo.