Helene Elliott

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Helene Elliott is an American sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times who is a general sports columnist. She is the first female journalist to receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 2005 for bringing "honor to journalism and to hockey".[1] She served as president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association from 1999 to 2001.[2]

One of the first women to cover the sport, Elliott began her career in the late 1970s when many locker rooms and press boxes were closed to women, except by court order.[3] As such, she often had to wait for hours after games ended to conduct interviews. She has covered almost all major events in ice hockey, including nearly every Stanley Cup Finals since 1980, the "Miracle on Ice" defeat of the Soviet Union national team by the U.S. team in the 1980 Winter Olympics, and the growth of hockey on the West Coast fueled by Wayne Gretzky's arrival to the Los Angeles Kings.

In 2006, after many years of covering hockey and Olympic sports, she became a general sports columnist.

Elliot is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.[4]

She is married to author Dennis D'Agostino, a former publicist with the New York Mets and New York Knicks.[5]

In 2015 she was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[6]


  1. ^ "Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Winners". Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "About the PHWA". Professional Hockey Writers' Association. 2021. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Barker, Barbra (September 29, 2018). "Melissa Ludtke's lawsuit opened door for female sports journalists 40 years ago, but there still is a long way to go". newsday.com. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Helene Elliott". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Dennis D'Agostino (November 7, 2005). "Hockey to Induct Elliott Into Hall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home".