COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey will host its 2013 Annual Congress Wednesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 8, at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, Colo. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the business of the national governing body and celebrate the year's accomplishments. In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed to the success of USA Hockey and celebrate the 2012-13 season.
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and various players of the year on June 5 at its annual Night of Tribute Awards Dinner, while other top award winners will be recognized during the President's Awards Dinner June 7.
Wednesday's award recipients include Adult Ironman of the Year Sue Ring-Jarvi (Anoka, Minn.), Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Taylor Cammarata (Plymouth, Minn.), Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Charlie Lindgren (Lakeville, Minn.), College Player of the Year Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), and Disabled Athlete of the Year Christy Gardner (Lewiston, Maine).
President's Awards Dinner honorees will include Adult Member of the Year Tom Cline (Sylvania, Ohio), Bob Johnson Award winner John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Distinguished Achievement Award recipient Phil Housley (Stillwater, Minn.), and Chet Stewart Award honoree Kevin Upton (Washington, D.C.).
Also recognized on Friday will be Excellence in Safety Award recipient Doug Abrams (Columbia, Mo.), Walter Yaciuk Award winner Al Bloomer (Red Lodge, Mont.), and Wm. Thayer Tutt Award honoree Doug Ackley (Massena, N.Y.).
Distinguished Achievement Award
In 2012-13, Phil Housley helped the United States capture medals at two international competitions. As head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team, he guided Team USA to the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in January and then in May, as an assistant coach, he was part of Team USA’s bronze-medal-winning effort at the IIHF Men’s World Championship. Housley also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team in 2007 and 2011, helping each team collect a bronze medal. In addition, he was an assistant coach for the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team. A nine-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003), Housley earned a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also helped Team USA win the first-ever World Cup of Hockey in 1996. Housley enjoyed a 21-year career in the National Hockey League, where he finished with 1,232 points (338-894), the most ever by an American defenseman.
The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to a U.S. citizen who has made hockey his or her profession and has made outstanding contributions on or off the ice to the sport in America.
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