Each year, every team in the AHL names someone from their team as the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. From this list, the AHL and representatives from IOA/American Specialty select one player as the winner of the Yannick Dupre Memorial Award. That winner will be announced later this month.

These are players that have gone above and beyond for the community surrounding the city they play in. AHL cities and the surrounding communities benefit greatly from having the AHL team there. Throughout the season, players take part in a variety of different initiatives to give back and they’re always happy to do it. Below each team’s winner is listed along with a link to the press release talking about what they did during the season (if available).

This list features 19 first time winners of the award along with one winner, Eric Neilson, who won for the 6th time.

Abbotsford Heat – Corban Knight
Adirondack Phantoms – Zack FitzGerald
Albany Devils – Dan Kelly
Binghamton Senators – Corey Cowick
Bridgeport Sound Tigers – Chris Bruton
Charlotte Checkers  – Matt Marquadt
Chicago Wolves – Mike Davies
Grand Rapids Griffins – Tom McCollum
Hamilton Bulldogs – Morgan Ellis
Hartford Wolf Pack – Ryan Bourque
Hershey Bears – Cameron Schilling
Iowa Wild – Jonathon Blum
Lake Erie Monsters – Bryan Lerg
Manchester Monarchs – Andrew Campbell
Milwaukee Admirals – Mark Van Guilder
Norfolk Admirals – Mat Clark
Oklahoma City Barons – Taylor Fedun
Portland Pirates – Kyle Hagel
Providence Bruins  – Mike Moore
Rochester Americans – Matt MacKenzie
Rockford IceHogs – Pat Mullane
San Antonio Rampage – Joey Crabb
Springfield Falcons – Andrew Joudrey
St. John’s IceCaps – Jason Jaffray
Syracuse Crunch – Eric Neilson
Texas Stars – Jack Campbell
Toronto Marlies – Drew MacIntyre
Utica Comets – Brandon DeFazio
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
Worcester Sharks – Konrad Abeltshauser

A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: jessica@thepinkpuck.com @JessicaHigham


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