COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chris Krenn (Tampa, Florida) has been named the 20th recipient of the Brian Fishman Internship it was announced today by USA Hockey. Krenn’s experience will include 12 months in the communications division at USA Hockey’s national office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, beginning in late June, with the second 12 months of the internship spent in the communications department at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan.
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 the age of 28.
“I am immensely grateful to the Fishman family and USA Hockey for this opportunity,” Krenn said. “Being selected as the 20th Brian Fishman Intern is an extraordinary honor. I am extremely passionate about hockey and I am thrilled to carry on Brian’s legacy.”
Krenn’s responsibilities will include assisting with various communication projects, event promotions and publishing initiatives, including USA Hockey Magazine.
Krenn, who graduated from University of South Florida in July, currently works for the Columbus Blue Jackets as a communications assistant. Some of his duties include preparing game notes, compiling daily clips, creating credentials and writing intermission and postgame notes.
The Florida native spent the previous year as a public relations intern for the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he gained experience writing articles on the organization’s draft picks, transcribing interviews, drafting press releases and assisting with player appearances at community events.
In addition, Krenn has served as a social media intern and contributing journalist for PewterReport.com, a high-traffic website that covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is also a registered USA Hockey official and spent last summer working as a private hockey instructor.
Krenn will begin his duties the last week of June.
Notes: Krenn will become the 20th Brian Fishman Intern. Sydney Blackman (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State University) will begin her second year of the internship at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan, beginning in July, while Laurel Young (Petoskey, Mich./Michigan State University) will finish her time as a BFI the last week of June ... Previous Brian Fishman Interns include (most recent listed first): Pat Durant (Norfolk, N.Y./Ohio University), Alyssa Girardi (Dearborn, Mich./Michigan State University), Jasmine Grotto (Alpena, Mich./Wayne State University), Zack Friedli (Rochester, Minn./University of Minnesota Duluth), Brian Smith (Woburn, Mass./Boston College), 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).