Tom Borrelli Award

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The Tom Borrelli Award is presented by the National Lacrosse League to the league's "Media Person of the Year". The award was originally awarded to the Writer of the Year, but "was changed to Media Person of the Year in 2011 to allow for a wider range of media members to be considered for the award, including broadcasters."[1]

The award is named for Tom Borrelli (1957–2008), a writer for The Buffalo News who covered the Buffalo Bandits from the team's inception in 1992 to his death in 2008.[2] He was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in 2007.

The award was created at the end of the 2005 season and, surprisingly, Borrelli was never a recipient. However, Tom Borrelli was the first sportswriter inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.

In 2009, The Buffalo News began awarding a lacrosse scholarship and trophy named for Tom Borrelli to the top high school lacrosse player in Western New York.[3] The inaugural Tom Borrelli Memorial Award winner was Jeff Tundo, of Orchard Park, who plays collegiately at Ohio State.[4]

Past winners[edit]

Season Winner Media Outlet
2013 Stephen Stamp[5]
2012 Jake Elliott[1] Minnesota Swarm
2011 Budd Bailey[6] The Buffalo News
2010 Paul Tutka [7]
2009 Paul Tutka [8]
2008 Paul Tutka [9]
2007 Ty Pilson [10] Calgary Sun
2006 Sal Maiorana [11] Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
2005 Mike Koreen [12] The Toronto Sun


  1. ^ a b "Jake Elliott wins Tom Borrelli Award, presented to NLL Media Person of the Year". June 6, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sportswriter dies of injuries suffered in fall at All High". November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Borrelli Award to go to lax’s best". April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Tundo earns inaugural Borrelli Award". July 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Stamp wins Tom Borrelli Award as 2013 NLL Media Person of the Year". May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hall, Bailey Win First Two Awards of 2011". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Stealth's Takata Named Executive of the Year". May 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  8. ^ "Dawson Wins Sportsmanship Award". May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Tom Garrity Named Executive of the Year". May 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  10. ^ "Dave Zygaj Named NLL Executive of the Year". May 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Batinovich Named Executive of the Year". May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  12. ^ "Gait Wins Sportsmanship Award". May 2, 2005. Retrieved 2008-05-06.