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Release | Nationals Richard Gauthier named recipient of the annual Chris Messina Broadcasting Award


OTTAWA, ON – The Central Canada Hockey League is pleased to announce that Richard Gauthier from the Rockland Nationals is the 2021-22 recipient of the Chris Messina Broadcasting Award.

The award is named after CCHL Broadcasting Program founder Chris Messina, who passed away suddenly at the young age of 32 and is presented annually to the Broadcaster who best exemplifies commitment to the CCHL Broadcasting Program, his club team and other member teams; who offers assistance above and beyond to new broadcasters and volunteers and exceeds required standards for effort, enthusiasm and excellence-all traits very evident in Chris.

From Left to Right – John Messina, Marie Messina, Richrd Gauthier, Sean Marcellus



After a fulfilling career in the government, Richard Gauthier retired and had a rebirth in the broadcasting world and began doing play by play on Hockey TV for the Rockland Nationals home games. Richard promotes the Nationals as well as the CCHL in his broadcasting role and is a mentor to the younger broadcasters.

Richard is a dedicated individual who does not take anything for granted,” said Nationals Assistant General Manager Charles Lavigne. He takes pride in the organization’s success and is ready to do anything he can to help improve in any way possible, even away from the microphone. His voice has been foundational to the Nats from a broadcasting standpoint. Anyone tuning in can enjoy the excitement he delivers night in and night out for the home and visiting teams. He is a constant professional, a phenomenal caring person and a friend to everyone in the organization and the community. We are fortunate as a league to have multiple amazing broadcasters, but I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Richard.”