COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced that Brian Smith (Woburn, Mass.) has been named the recipient of the 2012-2013 Brian Fishman Internship. Smith will work in the communications department at USA Hockey's national office in Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning in June.
The Brian Fishman Internship is awarded annually to an outstanding college graduate pursuing a career in athletic communications. It was established in 1999 in honor of the late Brian Fishman, who served as the manager of communications and marketing for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. He died unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 1999, at age 28.
"Being selected for this internship is a tremendous honor and I sincerely thank the Fishman family and USA Hockey for providing me with this amazing opportunity," said Smith. “I hope that my passion and love for hockey will allow me to carry on Brian’s legacy for years to come, striving to work with the same enthusiasm, integrity and dedication to the sport that Brian displayed.”
Smith’s responsibilities will include assisting with various communication projects, event promotions and publishing initiatives, including working with USA Hockey Magazine.
Smith, who will graduate from Boston College in May, currently works for the Boston Bruins, where he has spent the past two years as a communications intern and as a member of the game night staff. His duties have included writing game recaps and feature stories, assisting with media accreditation and compiling game stats and notes. He was a part of the Bruins staff that was awarded the 2011-2012 Dick Dillman Award for the NHL’s Eastern Conference, given annually to the team judged to be the best in media relations.
Smith has also spent time with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. While working with the Revolution, the Massachusetts native oversaw donations from the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation and also assisted with public relations projects that involved matches with U.S. Soccer, the Spanish National Team and Manchester United, including publishing articles in Matchday Magazine and other periodicals.
While at Boston College, Smith was a four-year member of the varsity track team, where he competed as a sprinter in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was named to the All-New England Team as a freshman in 2009 and as a senior in 2012. He also earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll four consecutive years and was awarded the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.
NOTES: Smith will become the 14th Brian Fishman Intern. Previous Brian Fishman Interns include (most recent listed first): Alex DiFilippo (East Tawas, Mich./Michigan State University)Caryn Switaj (Farmington Hills, Mich./Boston College), Matt Caracappa (Randolph, N.J./Penn State University), Carly Peters(Bloomington, Minn./Syracuse University), Chris Peters (Chicago, Ill./Iowa State University), Craig Stancher (Calumet, Mich./Michigan Tech University), Alex Clark (Glenview, Ill./Colgate University), Christy Jeffries (White Lake, Mich./Boston University), Caitlin Lazaro (Effingham, N.H./University of New Hampshire), Seth Cole (Blue Hill, Maine/St. Michael's College), Yariv Amir(Plainsboro, N.J./Colgate University), Cassy Maxton (Vandalia, Ohio/Miami University) and Jennifer Dame (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Cloud State University).
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