SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that defenseman Brenden Dillon (@BDillon04) has been selected as the 2018-19 Sharks "Media Good Guy" award winner in a vote by the Bay Area media. The award, which is in its first year of existence, will be presented annually to the player who handles his media responsibilities with cooperation, honesty and thoughtfulness, and answers the bell no matter the outcome or situation.
"Without fail, Brenden patiently gives thoughtful and articulate answers regardless of the game's outcome or if it's in a more casual setting of an off-day at practice," said Ross McKeon, (@rossmckeon) chapter chair of the San Jose Professional Hockey Writers Association. "Generous with his time to accommodate all requests, Brenden also treats each member of the media with respect and courtesy on a consistent basis."
Dillon, 28, currently leads the Sharks in plus/minus (+18), hits (196), and ranks fourth in blocked shots (76). He set a career high in assists (20) and plus/minus, and needs just one point to tie his career high in points (22), set last season.
The six-foot-four, 225-pound native of New Westminster, British Columbia, has consistently made himself available to the Bay Area media in all occasions, especially after losses, and has become a reliable voice for media throughout the season.
In addition to Dillon being voted as the first winner of the award, a panel of Bay Area media also inducted an introductory "class" of past Sharks players who also consistently handled themselves with professionalism and cooperation when dealing with the media.
Media Good Guy Introductory Class
Player - Years with the Sharks
Jamie Baker - 1993-96, 98
Dan Boyle - 2008-14
Ryane Clowe - 2005-13
Tony Granato - 1996-01
Jeff Odgers - 1991- 96