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Posted: April 15th, 2010

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League announced on Wednesday that forward Ryan Hayes of the Plymouth Whalers is the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy Winner presented to the OHL’s humanitarian of the year for the 2009-10 season.

Hayes, a 20-year-old from Syracuse, New York, led the Whalers’ organization in his third OHL season with 54 official community appearances, representing participation in nearly a quarter of the team’s total community events.  Hayes follows Chris Terry as the second straight member of the Whalers to receive this award.

“I had a great role model last year working with Chris (Terry) in the community,” said Hayes.  “It really is a huge honour for me to win this award.  It means a lot to be able to give back to the community as a hockey player.  I remember when I was younger how much it meant to me to see older guys at appearances, and hopefully the kids we reach out to give back when they get older.”

This season, Hayes took on a leadership role for the Whalers in the “Friends of Jaclyn” program, which supports the non-profit charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors.  The Whalers were paired up with 7-year-old Johnny Muller and his 5 year-old brother Aidan.  Johnny has had a brain tumor since the age of 2.  Hayes took over the project by explaining to the rest of the players what the program was and the importance of helping out.

“Our whole team was involved in the program,” said Hayes.  “The boys always put a smile on our faces even after losses.  They are a great family and the boys are just like little brothers to me.”

After learning of the boys’ interest in becoming hockey players, Hayes organized a private postgame skate and stayed on the ice for nearly two hours providing individual lessons.  He has been a constant role-model and friend to both Johnny and Aidan and keeps close contact with the Mullers to learn the latest news about Johnny’s condition and provide the necessary support.  He even drove an hour and a half on an off day to the boys’ school to take part in a “show and tell” class presentation.

“Ryan not only made Johnny and Aidan feel welcome every weekend, before and after the games, but he went above and beyond to show my boys how much they meant to him,” said Krissy Muller.  “The boys had never skated before and it was a very scary idea for Johnny considering his tumor sits on the area of his brain that controls balance.  Ryan talked him into coming out on the ice with him and made it a night Johnny would later call the best day of his life.”

Serving as an assistant captain and captain throughout the season, Hayes took on a leadership role off the ice in a variety of team initiatives, including regular “March is Reading Month” appearances at area schools stressing the importance of education to the students, and the Whalers’ annual “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness that again featured the entire hockey club dyeing their hair pink to promote the cause.  He also showed extensive participation with Special Olympics Michigan at their annual hockey tournament cheering on the participants, passing out the medals, and staying afterwards to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

“Just having a Plymouth Whaler at the event was enough for our athletes,” said Special Olympics Michigan Development Manager Ashley Diersch. “Ryan’s involvement and the true connection he seemed to have with everyone made it one of the best experiences they have had.”

Hayes’ commitment to the community was also evident during the summer, when the Whalers’ Learn to Skate Program was almost cancelled due to a lack of instructors.  Hayes informed the Whalers front office that he would be willing to teach the classes and promptly moved back to Plymouth for the entire summer to help out.

Each year the OHL awards a player that has demonstrated outstanding qualities as a positive role model in the community with the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy.  The Ontario Hockey League Board of Governors announced in 2004 that the OHL humanitarian of the year award would be renamed in recognition of Snyder the former Owen Sound Platers captain, who was twice named his team’s humanitarian of the year in recognition of his tremendous efforts in supporting community activities.

Hayes will officially be presented with the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy at the OHL Awards Ceremony June 9 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.  He will also be the OHL’s nominee for humanitarian of the year at the Annual CHL Awards.

2009-10 Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy Nominees:

Barrie – Stefan Della Rovere

Belleville – Adam Payerl

Brampton – Brad Albert

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Guelph – Tyler Carroll

Kingston – John Cullen

Kitchener – John Moore

London – Leigh Salters

Mississauga – Dustin Ekelman

Niagara – Dylan MacEachern

Oshawa – Andrew Wilson

Ottawa – Corey Cowick

Owen Sound – Marcus Carroll

Peterborough – Jack Walchessen

Plymouth – Ryan Hayes

Saginaw – Tyler Murovich

Sarnia – Nathan Chiarlitti

Sault Ste. Marie – Robin Lehner

Sudbury – John Kurtz

Windsor – Adam Wallace

- From OHL news release

Posted: March 19th, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS – USA Hockey will present the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award to the top women’s player in NCAA Division on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET at the University of Minnesota‘s McNamara Alumni Center.

Watch the ceremony live at Until then, here are the three finalists (stats including Friday’s Frozen Four semifinals):

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Vicki Bendus

College: Mercyhurst

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

Hometown: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

2009-10 stats: 28 goals, 37 assists, 65 points (35 games)

2009-10 accolades: First team all-American … NCAA Elite 88 Award recipient (student-athlete with highest grade-point average at the Frozen Four) … College Hockey America player of the year and first-team honoree …  Tied teammate Jesse Scanzano for the national lead in points and teammate Bailey Bram for the lead in short-handed goals (5) … top five nationally in goals per game (0.85) and assists per game (1.03)  … tied for eighth in power-play goals (8) and tied for sixth in game-winning goals (5).

Kelly Paton (Contributed/University of New Hampshire)

Kelly Paton

College: New Hampshire

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

Hometown: Woodstock, Ontario

2009-10 stats: 19 goals, 32 assists, 51 points (33 games)

2009-10 accolades: First team all-American … Hockey East co-player of the year and first-team honoree … led the team in goals, points, plus-minus (+16) and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (4) … Was second in assists and tied for second in power-play goals (6) … ranked top three in the conference in goals, assists, pointsand power-play points.

Noora Raty (Contributed/University of Minnesota)

Noora Raty

College: Minnesota

Year: Freshman

Position: Goaltender

Hometown: Espoo, Finland

2009-10 stats: 18-3-4 record, 1.27 goals-against average, .951 save percentage, 7 shutouts

2009-10 accolades: Captured a bronze medal with her native Finland in the Vancouver Olympics in February … Second freshman ever to make the top-three list, joining Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta (2007) … all-WCHA first team and all-rookie team … conference’s goaltending champion

- Victor Fernandes

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