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To anyone who has dealt with the Washington Capitals PR staff, this honor comes as no surprise. They are nothing but helpful, whether you are Tarik El-Bashir from the Post or Scott Hurrey from theHogs.net. Their professionalism and attitude is nothing but tremendous. Making this award extra special, is that it comes the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Professional writers don’t tend to like bloggers, yet they awarded the Caps this honor despite the fact that they are one of the teams that embraces fan reporting. Congrats to Nate, Julie, Paul and Kurt for running such a first class organization. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 23, 2007 Capitals Media Relation Staff Wins Dick Dillman Award Professional Hockey Writers’ Association honors club as best in Eastern Conference ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals media relations staff is the 2006-07 recipient of the Dick Dillman Award for the NHL’s Eastern Conference, given annually to the team judged to be the best in media relations by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA). The PHWA made the announcement this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. For the first time this year, the PHWA presented separate Dillman awards for the Eastern and Western conferences, with the San Jose Sharks earning the honor in the West. The Dillman Award honors the late Dick Dillman, a highly respected media relations guru for the Minnesota North Stars. All members of the PHWA are eligible to vote on the award, and voters are asked to consider multiple factors, including fairness, cooperation, efficiency, accuracy and presentation of media notes, quality of media guide and willingness to help facilitate interviews. The Capitals’ media relations staff, overseen by vice president of communications Kurt Kehl, includes Nate Ewell, Paul Rovnak and Julie Petri. Fans can gain priority access to open seat locations at Verizon Center before public sale by placing a $100 deposit for the 2007-08 season today. Call 202-266-CAPS, email ticketsales@washcaps.com or visit WashingtonCaps.com for more…

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