It's a night many Benilde-St. Margaret's supporters will never forget—thanks in part to ParkTV's now award-winning coverage.
The local cable access network was recently recognized for its coverage of the Jan. 7 hockey game between BSM and St. Louis Park—the first game back on the ice for Red Knights players following Jack Jablonski's injury.
The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awarded ParkTV first place in the nation in the Live Sports Event category.
“Our winners continue to demonstrate excellence in programming and we are thrilled to honor and celebrate their achievements,” NATOA President Joanne Hovis said in a statement. “We congratulate these winners for actively supporting community programming’s role in building stronger, more connected communities.”
It was an emotional broadcast, as Jack's younger brother, Max, joined the players on-ice before the game. Throughout the night, a packed house at the Rec Center chanted for "Jabby," and the third period scoreboard fittingly displayed all 13s—Jablonski's jersey number.
“Tonight was about two things. It was about honoring Jack for the first time as a hockey program. I know the guys were proud to do that," BSM head coach Ken Pauly told Patch after the game. "Second, and less important, was for us to get back on the ice. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t have been happy had we lost, but for us to just get back out there and play was a win for us tonight."
ParkTV balanced game coverage with updates on Jack and his new fund. The volunteer crew also interviewed Jack's mom, Leslie, during an intermission (see video above).