Zack Fisch called his first Caps game in 2018. (Caps Outsider)
Zack Fisch, who is Hershey’s manager of media relations and broadcasting, won the American Hockey League’s Ken McKenzie Award for the 2020-21 season, which is given to the executive who most successfully promotes his or her own club.
According to the press release (which Fisch forwarded to the media himself – after all, that’s part of his job!)…
During a season of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fisch went above and beyond his regular duties and was at the forefront of the Bears’ public relations, marketing, broadcast and social media efforts in 2020-21. He helped maintain the organization’s standard of excellence by coming up with creative solutions to continue showcasing the Bears and the AHL in a positive fashion on the local and national levels, and elevating the team’s digital media footprint to reach an all-time high in corporate social partnerships.
Fisch’s creativity and leadership helped produce memorable moments such as a video of Matt Moulson’s children announcing his selection as team captain; widespread coverage of the team’s drive-thru Teddy Bear Toss; and national interviews with video coach Emily Engel-Natzke, the first woman to hold a coaching position in the franchise’s 83-year history.
Fisch utilized his platform as the “Voice of the Bears” to increase engagement and serve as a trusted source of team information for fans during the pandemic. In addition to a partnership with the local Fox TV affiliate – spearheaded by Fisch – that saw several Bears games televised (including one on NHL Network), fans could follow the team on a five-station network of radio affiliates and on AHLTV, and watch the Bears Live pregame show on Facebook. Fisch also ensured that fans planning to attend games were kept up to date on arena protocols to ensure their health and safety at Giant Center, and his broadcasts frequently included stories of people impacted by COVID-19. Fisch’s on-air work earned him a fill-in role calling several NHL games on the Washington Capitals radio network this season.
Congratulations to Zack!