News | 5/6/2009 3:40:25 PM | Bandits.com
The National Lacrosse League has announced that Chris Ostrander of the Buffalo Bandits has been named the Team Public Relations Representative of the Year.
Ostrander, a native of Orchard Park, New York, grew up following the Bandits and all Buffalo area sports teams. A graduate of John Carroll University (near Cleveland, OH), Ostrander joined the organization in the summer of 2008. With the Bandits this season, he was credited with effective and professional management of one of the biggest local and regional media followings among teams in the league.
Chris did an excellent jobkeepinglocal media outlets up to date on what was going on with the team and organization through countless press releases and media advisories, said Scott Loffler, Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations. He was also very instrumental in keeping up with and tracking the attendance record the Bandits set this past season. His post game press conferences and interviews were very organized and he made sure every reporter and writer had what they needed prior to leaving the arena.
Ostranders previous experience includes a stint as a writer for the Buffalo Bills website, covering training camp and mini-camp in 2007. He also worked for the Sports Information Department at John Carroll, and was a four year player on the schools club lacrosse and hockey teams.
The National Lacrosse League will continue to announce the winners of the 2009 season awards over the next eight days, leading up to the NLL Championship Game on the weekend of May 15-17. The schedule of announcements is as follows:
Tuesday, May 5th: Sportsmanship Award & Writer of the Year Award, also known as The Tom Borrelli Award
Wednesday, May 6th: Executive of the Year Award & Team Public Relations Award
Thursday, May 7th: The Head Coach of the Year Award, also known as The Les Bartley Award & The General Manager of the Year Award, presented by SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Saturday, May 9th: East and West Divisional Finals; Buffalo at New York, 7:30pm ET & San Jose at Calgary, 9pm ET
Monday, May 11th: Defensive Player of the Year, Transition Player of the Year & Goaltender of the Year Awards
Tuesday, May 12th: Rookie of the Year Award and All-Rookie Team
Wednesday, May 13th: All-Pro Teams
Thursday, May 14th: Most Valuable Player Award, presented by Reebok
Weekend of May 15th-17th: 2009 NLL Championship Game
The awards are voted on by team executives, general managers and head coaches of the leagues twelve member clubs.