USA Hockey Announces 2009 Award Winners
Lou Nanne, Colin Wilson, Jessie Vetter Among Honorees at Annual Congress Award Ceremonies, June 3 and 5
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey will host its 2009 Annual Congress from Wednesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 6, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various councils, committees, and affiliates the opportunity to gather to conduct the organization's business. In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed to the great success of USA Hockey.
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and present the player of the year awards on Wednesday, June 3, at an awards dinner tabbed "A Night of Tribute." The event will be staged in the Crowne Plaza's Grand Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. MDT.
The award recipients include Adult Ironman of the Year Rodger Moy (Burnsville, Minn.), Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis./University of Wisconsin/WCHA), Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Chicago Steel/USHL), Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Mike Lee (Roseau, Minn./Fargo Force/USHL), College Player of the Year Colin Wilson
(Greenwich, Conn./Boston University/HEA) and Disabled Athlete of the Year Lonnie Hannah (Boerne, Texas).
The President's Awards Dinner will take place on Friday, June 5. Among the honorees are Chet Stewart Award winner John Robinson (Towson, Md.), Walter Yaciuk Award winner Ed Gosek (Oswego, N.Y.), Adult Member of the Year Ed Nickey (Woodridge, Ill.), Distinguished Achievement Award honoree Lou Nanne (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Wm. Thayer Tutt Award winner Ron Hayes (South Lyon, Mich.). Also to be honored as Bob Johnson Award honorees are the four gold-medal winning teams from 2009 -- the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team, the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
Media are invited to attend both awards dinners. Please contact the USA Hockey media and public relations department (719-538-1171 or 719-538-1169) by June 2 for accreditation and seating. Athletes, coaches and dignitaries will be made available for interviews upon request.
Award-winner bios follow:Colin Wilson
helped the Boston University Terriers to their fifth NCAA Division I men's ice hockey national championship in 2008-09 and is USA Hockey's College Player of the Year. The BU sophomore led Hockey East and ranked second in the nation with 55 points (16-39), en route to being named a Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist, a Reebok Division I East First Team All-America selection and Hockey East First Team All-Star. Additionally, Wilson was a member of both the 2009 U.S. National Junior and U.S. Men's National Teams.
Rodger Moy, Adult Ironman of the Year, has been involved with hockey since he was young and continues to record numerous accomplishments on the ice as an adult player. After a four-year playing career at Michigan Tech University, he started playing for the Bucks Unpainted Furniture/Wright Homes adult team in 1981. In his 28-year career with the team, he has contributed to his team winning 22 Minnesota State Senior titles and 14 USA Hockey Adult National Championships.
Jessie Vetter, a senior goaltender from the University of Wisconsin, is the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year. In 2008-09, she led the Badgers to their third NCAA title in four years, became the first goaltender in history to start four consecutive NCAA championship games, set a new NCAA record with 14 shutouts, owned a 33-2-5 record and garnered a national-best .942 save percentage. Additionally, Vetter led the U.S. Women's National Team to tournament titles at the 2008 Women's Four Nations Cup and the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, marking the first time Team USA earned championships at both international tournaments of the season.
Andrew Miller completed an outstanding second season with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League and is the recipient of the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award. Miller, the USHL's 2008-09 Player of the Year and Forward of the Year, led the league with 82 points (32-50) in 58 regular-season games and was named to the All-USHL First Team.
Mike Lee is the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year following a stellar rookie season with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. He ranked second in the USHL with a .918 save percentage and fifth with a 2.40 goals-against average in 48 regular-season games, before leading the Force to the USHL's Clark Cup Finals. He finished with a 7-3-1 playoff record and was named to the USHL's All-Rookie Team. In November, Lee backstopped the U.S. Junior Select Team to the 2008 World Junior A Challenge tournament title in Camrose, Alta., where he posted a 4-0-0 record, 2.00 GAA and was named to the tournament's all-star team.
Lonnie Hannah, a longtime member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, is USA Hockey's Disabled Athlete of the Year. He recently helped Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the 2009 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship and is now vying for a spot on his third Paralympic Team in 2010. Hannah has used extreme dedication to overcome the adversity he's faced in his life and has helped others along the way, founding the San Antonio Rampage sled hockey team - the first of such programs in Texas - in 2006.
John Robinson is the recipient of the Chet Stewart Award for his contributions to the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program. His officiating career dates back more than 35 years and he has served in various capacities within the Officiating Education Program, including a 13-year stint as the referee-in-chief for USA Hockey's Southeastern District. Klein has spent much of his time training referees of all ages and is now a supervisor for the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Officials Association in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
The 2009 U.S. Women's National Under-18, U.S. Men's National Under-18, U.S. Women's National and U.S. National Sled Hockey Teams are recipients of the Bob Johnson Award for excellence in international competition. All four teams won gold medals at their respective world championship competitions, marking the first time USA Hockey teams have collected four gold medals in a single season.
Ed Gosek is the recipient of the Walter Yaciuk Award for his contributions to USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program. He set up the first ever Level 4 clinic in the New York State Central Section and continues to run Level 2 and 3 clinics. He has spoken at numerous coaching clinics across New York. Gosek has been coaching men's ice hockey at Oswego State University for 19 years and served as the head coach since 2003.
Ed Nickey, who has served on USA Hockey's Adult Council for the past 18 years, is the Adult Member of the Year. He has worked as a national tournament chairperson and host on multiple occasions. He helped create USA Hockey's 30 & Over National Championships, in addition to running multiple USA Hockey Adult Classics. Nickey has also operated adult and high school leagues in Illinois for the past 19 years.
Lou Nanne, one of the legendary characters in American hockey, will be presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award. Aside from being an Olympian and all-star player with the Minnesota North Stars, he has been heavily involved as an administrator. After captaining the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team, he went on to play for the U.S. Men's National Team at numerous international tournaments. He tallied 239 points (72-167) during his 11-year National Hockey League career with Minnesota, then became the team's general manager. He was awarded the prestigious Lester Patrick Award in 1989, inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 and became a member of the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2004.
Ron Hayes is the recipient of the Wm Thayer Tutt Award. The honor, USA Hockey's most prestigious award, recognizes a volunteer who has displayed a selfless dedication to the enhancement of ice hockey at the grassroots level. Through his work as a coach, official and administrator, he has spread the game to thousands of kids in the state of Michigan during his countless years of service. Besides the numerous other roles he has filled as a volunteer, his true dedication has been to the Plymouth-Canton Hockey Association mini-mite program he started more than 30 years ago, where thousands of players have learned the game of hockey.