The AHL has just announced every team’s choice for the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. This year’s choice from the Milwaukee Admirals is defenseman Jimmy Oligny who now can be considered a nominee for the 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.
Press Release via AHL:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the individual team winners of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year awards, selected by their respective clubs for their outstanding contributions to the local community and charitable organizations during the 2015-16 season.
From this list of finalists, representatives from IOA/American Specialty and the AHL will choose the winner of the 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award. The AHL’s annual Man of the Year award is named after the late Yanick Dupre, who died in 1997 at the age of 24 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre, an AHL All-Star in 1995, played four seasons with the Hershey Bears and also skated in 35 National Hockey League games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
This year’s winners of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year awards are:
Dan Kelly, Albany Devils (3rd-time winner)
Matthew Ford, Bakersfield Condors (2nd)
Zack Stortini, Binghamton Senators (2nd)
Matt Carkner, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6th)
Kyle Hagel, Charlotte Checkers (6th)
Pat Cannone, Chicago Wolves (1st)
Tom McCollum, Grand Rapids Griffins (3rd)
Chris Summers, Hartford Wolf Pack (1st)
Nathan Walker, Hershey Bears (1st)
Kurtis Gabriel, Iowa Wild (1st)
Ryan Craig, Lake Erie Monsters (2nd)
Davis Drewiske, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3rd)
Josh Morrissey, Manitoba Moose (1st)
Jimmy Oligny, Milwaukee Admirals (1st)
Sean Backman, Ontario Reign (1st)
Shane Harper, Portland Pirates (2nd)
Brandon DeFazio, Providence Bruins (4th)
Patrick Kaleta, Rochester Americans (2nd)
Michael Leighton, Rockford IceHogs (1st)
Zach Fucale, St. John’s IceCaps (1st)
Ben Street, San Antonio Rampage (1st)
Joe Piskula, San Diego Gulls (1st)
Ryan Carpenter, San Jose Barracuda (1st)
Domenic Monardo, Springfield Falcons (1st)
Bryce Van Brabant, Stockton Heat (1st)
Mike Angelidis, Syracuse Crunch (1st)
Derek Hulak, Texas Stars (2nd)
Andrew Campbell, Toronto Marlies (4th)
Carter Bancks, Utica Comets (2nd)
Will O’Neill, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2nd)
The winner of the 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced at a later date.
Chances are, if you’ve been to an Admirals event within the community, Oligny was there. He’s one of the more active members of the team in giving back to the local community and Admirals fans. He takes part in the Milwaukee Admirals reading program and always just seems to be around whenever the team is conducting an event. When the organization made the announcement that they would be moving to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena he was one of the few active players to make a point to be on-hand as part of the present and future iterations. He’s always seemingly in a great mood and, to me, is the heart and soul of the Admirals now famed French Fries group alongside Frédérick Gaudreau and Félix Girard. And, as noted in Fifteen, Oligny is a tremendous family man.
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