Herald's Brad Schlossman receives state's Sportswriter of the Year honor

Jan. 20—GRAND FORKS — Brad Schlossman, the UND hockey beat reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, has been recognized as the 2023 North Dakota Sportswriter of the Year, the National Sports Media Association announced this week.

Schlossman also won the honor in 2016.

"Brad not only sets the standard for sports writing in the state, but he's the most respected voice in college hockey nationally," Herald sports editor Tom Miller said. "There are few reporters with his journalistic range — the ability to grind on a daily basis while also possessing the touch for a feature and the connections for stories on breaking news and national trends."

The Herald has won the state sportswriter of the year award four out of the last five years. Tom Miller won in 2022 and 2019, while Greg DeVillers won in 2020.

A Herald sportswriter has been recognized with the state's top honor 20 times since the award began in 1959. DeVillers, who retired in 2020, won the award seven times, while his former colleague Wayne Nelson, who retired in 2023, won it five times.

"The Herald has a long history with this award, and we're thrilled to keep it in Grand Forks and continue to build on the great foundation of former Herald sportswriters," Miller said.

Schlossman, who started at the Herald as an intern in the summer of 2003, began covering college hockey in 2005 following the retirement of Hall of Fame journalist Virg Foss.

Foss and Schlossman are the only two hockey beat writers at the Herald since 1969.

Schlossman has covered UND far and wide, traveling to 20 different states and two Canadian provinces to cover games. During the 2010s, he covered every UND hockey game. His consecutive game streak surpassed 500 in October 2021.

Schlossman has covered 10 NCAA Frozen Fours for the Herald, including UND's eighth NCAA national title in Tampa in 2016.

During the coronavirus pandemic in December 2020, he was one of three writers who covered the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Pod, which was played behind closed doors to the public in Omaha.