George Johnson to Receive Sportswriting Award

By Fred Walker

Sports Media Canada has announced that George Johnson of the Calgary Herald is the recipient of this year’s award for excellence in sports writing. Johnson’s career highlights include covering four Olympic Games, numerous Stanley Cup finals, including three featuring the Calgary Flames, and two soccer World Cups. Johnson will receive his award at Sports Media Canada’s annual awards luncheon scheduled for the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on October 18, 2006.

Other awards announced earlier include the Magna Sports Executive of the Year award which will be presented to Stacey Allaster, president of the WTA Tour and Broadcaster of the Year, to Ron MacLean of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Don Garber, the Commissioner of Major League Soccer, will be guest of honour at the luncheon.

Tickets are still available for the luncheon and may be obtained from Dick Bradbeer at (905) 855-2666 or at: