Bruno Gervais has been the consummate professional since being drafted by the Islanders in 2003. Whether he's shutting down the opposition on the ice or taking part in a hospital visit in East Meadow, Gervais has been there for the people of Nassau County. And because of that, Gervais was recently named the Professional Athlete of the Year by the Nassau County Sports Commission.
The Quebec-native received the award at the 14th Annual Nassau County Sports Commission "Salute to Champions” Awards Dinner, held at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place. The Islanders served as the presenting sponsor for the event.
"I want to thank the Nassau County Sports Commission for presenting me with the Professional Athlete of the Year Award," said Gervais. "I am truly honored to be in the presence of athletes that not only excel in their sport but in their studies as well."
Gervais finished the 2007-08 season with 13 assists in 60 games, reaching a career high in assists and points. For much of the second half of the season, he helped anchor a young defense core.
The not-for-profit Nassau County Sports Commission is dedicated to advancing the development of youth, amateur and professional sports at every level of proficiency. In its short life, the Commission has already brought to Nassau County a National Championship in gymnastics, spearheaded the relocation efforts of the prestigious Women's Sports Foundation to Eisenhower Park, coordinated a regional women's triathlon, created the Let's Do It! program for disadvantaged youth, assisted in the coordination of the Special Olympics and worked in conjunction with the Women's Sports Foundation to bring their GoGirlGo! program to Nassau County.
Since its inception in 1992, the Commission has brought to Nassau County more than 50 sporting events and programs.
To find out more about the Nassau County Sports Commission, visit their website at http://www.nassausports.org