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Congratulations to Our Honorees

By AAHA, 06/29/21, 6:00PM EDT


The AAHA Awards & Appreciation Night was held on Thursday, June 24 at Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees. Thank you to our hosts – the Philadelphia Flyers and Rob Baer – as well as our presenting sponsors – New Jersey Devils, Black Bear Sports Group and New Jersey Titans.

The event recognized and thanked the hundreds of officials, coaches, managers, club leaders and volunteers who made the past season a success.

Emceed by NCAA College Hockey Analyst Dave Starman, the event was attended by USA Hockey President Mike Trimboli, USA Hockey Treasurer Donna Guariglia, former Colorado Avalanche Player Colby Cohen, NCAA D-1 Champions from UMass Amherst Marc and Anthony Del Gaizo and Jr. Flyers player Alyssa Wruble.

AAHA President Glenn Hefferan recognized New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for his assistance in restarting play across the state and Little Flyers player Brian Page for his strength and resiliency.

The Class of 2020 Honorees included:

  • Darren Ambrose (Lou Manzione Scholarship – NJ)
  • Hunter Ringwood (Lou Manzione Scholarship – PA)
  • Lleyton Soares (Daniel Triano Scholarship)
  • Evan Yasser (Disabled Discipline Scholarship)
  • Bryan Hicks (New Leader Award)
  • John Gallagher (Official of the Year)
  • John Heckenbeger (Youth Coach of the Year)
  • Richard Proot (Girls Coach of the Year)
  • Gump Whiteside (Bob O’Connor Coaching Education Award)
  • Lori Tomasello (Volunteer of the Year)
  • Frank McGady (AAHA Hall of Fame)

The Class of 2021 Honorees included:

  • Ryan Sordillo (Lou Manzione Scholarship – NJ)
  • Madeline Ryan (Lou Manzione Scholarship – PA)
  • Emily Barling (Daniel Triano Scholarship)
  • Tim Holtz (New Leader Award)
  • Brian Bell (Official of the Year)
  • Chris Barcless (Youth Coach of the Year)
  • Paul Jorgensen (Girls Coach of the Year)
  • Bob Jorgensen (Girls Coach of the Year)
  • Dave Moss (Bob O’Connor Coaching Education Award)
  • Mike Lichtenberger (Volunteer of the Year)
  • Ray Ferry (AAHA Hall of Fame)

Coaching education, player development and officiating development program leaders recognized their respective staffs for the past year. Colleen Marinari was recognized for her years of service to AAHA and the DVHL.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this evening possible.

Presenting Sponsors – Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, Black Bear Sports Group, New Jersey Titans

Sponsors – AYHL,  Hollydell Hurricanes/Philadelphia Hockey Club, Ice Line, Ice Vault, Jr. Flyers, MAWHA, NJYHL, Philadelphia Little Flyers, Rockets Sports Group, Team Gear, North Jersey Avalanche, DVHL, Genova Burns, Kaufman Zita Group, Law Offices of Baun & Litt, Liberty Bell Games, The Guariglia Family

Thank you