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.
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.
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.
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.
|2017-18||James Plunkett, Richard Foster, Dan May|
|2006-07||Debbie and Jeff Vanderbeek|
|2004-05||Rev. Msgr. Michael E. Kelly|
|1998-99||Joan & Tony Mariconda|
|1991-92||John J. McMullen|