BCHL extra: Bulldog blogger wins broadcasting award

Alberni Valley Bulldogs radio play-by-play man Evan Hammond is the 2013 winner of the BCHL's Broadcaster of the Year honour.

The BCHL announced its Broadcaster of the Year award winner Friday, naming Alberni Valley Bulldogs play-by-play man Evan Hammond.

For the first time since the award was introduced, a survey of broadcasters from around the league was used to determine the winner. This is the third time Hammond has won the award in 10 seasons, but the first time he has been selected by his peers.

“It means a lot to me to have the respect of my colleagues,” he said. “All the broadcasters, in my opinion, are worthy of the award but for them to recognize me makes it especially sweet.”

The 33-year-old calls Bulldogs games for 93.3 The Peak, where he is also the morning show host. In addition, he runs the popular ‘Hammer’s Bulldog Blog’ website which tracks team news as well as stories from around the league.

His efficient and often-electric style draws a loyal audience on the radio and online, and his thorough preparation and initiative make for entertaining intermission features. Bulldogs alumni and personalities from around the league make frequent appearances.

“Anyone who has heard Evan call a Bulldogs game can understand why he’s won this award three times in 10 years,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. “The effort he puts into his broadcasts brings fans right into the action and his professionalism showcases the league in outstanding fashion.”