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Dr. John J. McMullen Service Award

Named for the late Dr. John J. McMullen, who brought professional ice hockey to the Garden State in 1982, this award has been presented by the New Jersey Devils since 1984 to an individual or individuals who have supported amateur hockey throughout the state of New Jersey.

2018-19 Recipient

Gary Hess

Hess was a well-known and respected member of the New Jersey youth hockey community for over 30 years before passing away earlier this season. He impacted hundreds of youth hockey players including NHL All-Star, Kyle Palmieri, over the course three decades. Most recently, Hess served as an assistant coach at St. Joseph's Regional High School Montvale and also served as the Hockey Director at the Ramapo Saints and Sport-O-Rama. Accepting the award on his behalf was Gary's daughter Rebecca, wife Dona, stepson Steve and brother Mike.

2018 Recipients

James Plunkett

Plunkett was the first Coach-in-Chief of the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA), served as AAHA Executive Vice President for many years, and eventually became the President of the AAHA. Plunkett also served on the USA Hockey Board of Directors for five years and was one of the original members of the Off-Ice Officials Crew for the New Jersey Devils. Considered one of the builders of New Jersey Hockey, Plunkett coached New Jersey Devils Alumnus Jim Dowd as a youth hockey player. Dowd says that he, "owes so much to Mr. Plunkett." Plunkett currently serves as Director Emeritus for the AAHA, with nearly 50 years of service to Amateur hockey in the State of New Jersey.


Richard Foster

Considered a builder, Foster served as Vice President of Rules and Regulations for the AAHA for twenty years, followed by twenty years of Service to USA Hockey's Junior Council. Foster also held the position of Director Emeritus of the AAHA for twenty-five years and Commissioner of the AMHL's Junior Programs for twenty-five years. Foster was a benefactor to Junior Hockey during the 80s and 90s, helping to support various programs. At 86 years of age, Foster has logged over 50 years of continued service to hockey.


Dan May

May has been coaching youth hockey for forty years at every age level including several years at Bergen Catholic High School. May served as Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) Vice President for fifteen years and also was on the AAHA Board Directors for fifteen years. May has impacted the lives of thousands of players quietly and with great integrity. May currently serves as President of the NJ Avalanche and was formerly the Hockey Director of the Devils Youth after starting his coaching career with the NJ Rockets. May has helped develop many top players at the collegiate, Minor-Pro and NHL levels.

Past Recipients

Season Recipient
2018-19 Gary Hess
2017-18 James Plunkett, Richard Foster, Dan May
2013-14 Don Gould
2011-12 Glenn Hefferan
2010-11 Robert Sullo
2009-10 Bruce Driver
2008-09 Bill Fox
2007-08 Mike Morreale
2006-07 Debbie and Jeff Vanderbeek
2005-06 Tom Brake
2004-05 Rev. Msgr. Michael E. Kelly
2003-04 Donna Guariglia
2002-03 Jim Hunt
2001-02 Nancy Hughes
2000-01 Mike Reynolds
1999-00 Lou Lamoriello
1998-99 Joan & Tony Mariconda
1997-98 Vin Godleski
1996-97 Mike Nardello
1995-96 John Warchol
1994-95 Bob Auriemma
1993-94 Harvey Cohen
1992-93 No Winner
1991-92 John J. McMullen
1990-91 Dick Trimble
1989-90 Ken Gesner
1988-89 Max McNab
1987-88 Paul McInnis
1986-87 Butch Fortunato
1985-86 Glenn Resch
1984-85 Jim Measday
1983-84 Les Dodson

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