The following information has been prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA ice hockey state tournament. Please contact Tim Stried (email@example.com or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Previews and additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of each state tournament.
DISTRICT TOURNAMENT MEDIA REQUESTS: Notify the tournament site manager to arrange for media credentials.
Brooklyn Recreation Center: Ron Victor, Manager, 7519 Wefel Ave., Brooklyn, 44144. H: 216-749-4782; C: 216-789-8832, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent State University: Bill Switaj, Manager, KSU Ice Arena, Kent, 44242. B: 330-672-2415; Email: email@example.com
Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter: Tom Cline, 7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, 43560 B: 419-885-1167; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nationwide Ice Haus: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, 43215. Jeremy Rogers, Manager, Chiller LCC, 7001 Dublin Park Dr., Dublin, 43016. 614-791-9999 ext. 123; Email: email@example.com.
STATE TOURNAMENT DATES: Semifinals - Friday, March 9 (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), Championship - Saturday, March 10 (2 p.m.)
LOCATION: Nationwide Arena (200 W. Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus)
YOUR HOSTS: The state tournament manager at Nationwide Arena is Joel Siegman (614-246-4625). Jerry Snodgrass is the OHSAA Director of Sport Management who oversees ice hockey. Aaron McPherson is the OHSAA Communications Department representative at the hockey state tournament.
CREDENTIAL REQUESTS: Fax (or scan and email) your request form to Tim Stried at the OHSAA office (614-267-1677, firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to submit credential application requests is Tuesday, March 6 at Noon.
CREDENTIAL CONFIRMATION: The OHSAA will send a confirmation email to those media requesting state tournament credentials and will post a list on its web site of those media members who have been approved for credentials. Denied requests will be notified via email.
PARKING: There are no media parking passes issued for the hockey state tournament, but approved media should check the confirmation memo for parking details and the designated parking garage near Nationwide Arena. Normal cost is $5. A map of all parking garages in the area is available on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ web site (www.nationwidearena.com/directions/parking). Additional information will be included in the confirmation email.
CREDENTIAL PICK UP: Credentials will be held at the media entrance at Nationwide Arena, which is located at the “Tower Entrance” on the south side of the arena at the corner of Nationwide Blvd. and Front Street (across from Mongolian BBQ).
MEDIA WORK AREA: Media members are permitted to remain in the press box after each contest to write and file stories.
WIRELESS: Wireless access is available throughout the arena. Telephones will be provided for collect, credit card or toll-free calls only. Use is on a first-come, first-served basis.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: There is a $60 OHSAA rights fee charge for audio play-by-play broadcasts of state hockey games, except for student webcasts (fees are waived). Stations interested in broadcasting must request credentials through the OHSAA and also contact Russ Mollohan with the Blue Jackets (614-246-4304) to review setup and details. Spectrum Sports will stream and/or televise the state tournament and has exclusive rights for video play-by-play content. If approved by the OHSAA, the OHSAA will issue credentials, and Russ Mollohan must be contacted to review setup and details.