The American Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday its major award winners for 2012.
All honorees will be presented their awards at the 2012 AHCA Convention in Naples, Fla., April 26-29.
JOHN MACINNES AWARD
Established by the AHCA in 1982 to honor former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes, this award recognizes those people who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages, as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but more importantly, as men.
2012 Recipient: Phil Grady, Hamilton
TERRY FLANAGAN AWARD
Named in honor of the former New Hampshire player and Bowling Green assistant, this award honors an assistant coach’s career body of work.
2012 Recipient: Drew Famulak, Ferris State
JOHN MARIUCCI AWARD
John Mariucci, the former coach at Minnesota, was not only an outstanding college coach, but also a driving force behind the growth of hockey in the United States. In 1987, the AHCA created this award to honor a secondary school association coach who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and enthusiasm of the “Godfather of U.S. Hockey.”
2012 Recipient: Tom Osiecki, Burnsville (Minn.) High School
JIM FULLERTON AWARD
Named in honor of the former Brown coach and AHCA spiritual leader, this award recognizes an individual who loves the purity of our sport. Whether a coach, administrator, trainer, official, journalist or simply a fan, the recipient exemplifies Jim Fullerton, who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which the game was heading.
2012 Recipient: Wally Odell, Minnesota Hockey
JOHN “SNOOKS” KELLEY FOUNDERS AWARD
Named after the famed Boston College coach, this award honors those people in the coaching profession who have contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.
2012 Recipient: Terry Moran, Castleton
JOE BURKE AWARD
Presented annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women’s hockey. It is named in honor of a girls’ and women’s hockey “superfan” Joe Burke.
2012 Recipient: Bob Allen, USA Hockey and Lake Placid Olympic Center
THE WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY FOUNDERS AWARD
This award honors a member of the hockey community or college coaching profession who has contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of women’s hockey in the United States through their enthusiasm, passion and selflessness.
2012 Recipient: Walter Bush, USA Hockey
THE WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY ASSISTANT COACH AWARD
This award recognizes the career body of work of an assistant coach in women’s hockey.
2012 Recipient: Bob Bellemore, Providence