This award honors former Rangers Coach and General Manager Emile Francis. A longtime supporter of minor hockey and founder of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey Association, Emile is the 2016 recipient of the Wayne Gretzky International Award, which recognizes those who have contributed to the growth and advancement of hockey in the United States. Emile is a longtime supporter of amateur hockey, having organized countless clinics and seminars and established ties between the New York Rangers and the local youth hockey community that still stand today.
The Emile Francis Award continues this legacy, giving the youth hockey community an opportunity to acknowledge volunteers who embody Emile's spirit and thank them for their outstanding service.
Nominees should exemplify selfless community outreach, integrity and passion for the growth of youth hockey, while generously giving their time to help mentor the next crop of NHL hopefuls.
The winner's local youth hockey organization will be given a $5,000 grant, donated by the New York Rangers Alumni Association.
|2017||Matthew O'Buck||East Haven Youth Hockey|
|2016||John O'Malley||Avaon Pond Rink|
|2015||Steve & Sharon Ketchabaw||Rye Rangers|
|2014||George McCafferty||Red Bank Generals|
|2013||Joseph Ruggiero||New York Raptors|
|2012||Kevin Connolly||Ossining High School|
|2011||Caroline Loeb||Brewster Lady Bulldogs|
|2010||Peter Caputo||Scarsdale Youth Hockey|
|2009||Tony Mazzola||Mid State Golden Blades|
|2008||Christopher Schuler||Monsignor Farrell High School|