AHCA announces major award winners for 2015

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced on Tuesday its major awards for 2015.

Eight individuals who contributed to amateur hockey in the United States will be recognized during the 2015 AHCA Convention in Naples, Fla., with the women’s hockey honorees being recognized on Friday, May 1, and the men’s hockey award recipients being honored on Saturday, May 2.

Heading the list of award winners is former Boston University head coach Jack Parker, winner of 897 games and three national championships during a 40-year career at BU. Parker will receive the John MacInnes Award.

Also being recognized are Bruce Delventhal, athletic director at Plattsburgh and three-decade officer of the AHCA, who will receive the John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award, and Karen Kay, former New Hampshire and U.S. National Team head coach, who will be presented the Women’s Hockey Founders Award.

Former WCHA associate commissioner for public relations Doug Spencer will get the Jim Fullerton Award, Miami assistant coach Brent Brekke will be honored with the Terry Flanagan Award, former Minnesota high school coach Bob Gernander will receive the John Mariucci Award, Lynn Olson, the first woman to serve on the USA Hockey Board of Directors, will be honored with the Joe Burke Award and Boston College assistant coach Courtney Kennedy will receive the Assistant Women’s Coach Award.