BY RANDY SCHULTZ –
(This is the second of a four-part series listing all of the award winners. Today: The Boys High School Ice Hockey Federation winners).
The Second Annual Hasek’s Heroes Western New York High School Hockey Awards ceremony, originally scheduled to be held at the Key Bank Center in downtown Buffalo, became a live streamed event back in July.
The ceremonies were emceed by Brian Duff of the Buffalo Sabres’ television broadcast team. The awards were presented by present or former NHL players from the Western New York area.
Offensive Player of the Year went to Matthew Orlowski of St. Joe’s in the Boys Fed. The award was presented by Todd Marchant.
Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Mitchell Floccare of St. Joe’s. Floccare won the award last year. The award was presented by former NHL defenseman, Jack Brownschidle.
Alex Wagner of North Tonawanda High School won the Goaltender of the Year Award. Former NHL goaltender, Marty Biron, presented the Award.
Coach of the Year honors went to Clayton Miller of Starpoint Central High School. Rochester, NY native Brian Gionta announced the award.
The Unsung Hero Award was given to Tucker Leggett of Grand Island High School. Three-time Para-Olympic Gold Medal winner, Adam Page, was the presenter.
Peter Spameni of Lewiston-Porter High School was awarded the Player of the Year honors. As a junior, Spameni led the Section VI Federation in goals (29) and points (47). Just a year ago he had 12 goals, 12 assist for 24 points. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane presented the award.
The WNY High School Hockey Awards was established in 2018/2019 by Hasek’s Heroes to recognize and celebrate outstanding female and male student athletes who have represented their high schools playing at the Varsity Club or Federation level throughout the season. The awards also celebrates teams and individuals who have made meaningful impact in the community, both on and off the ice.
The Mission of Hasek’s Heroes is to provide Western New York children in need the foundations of athletic, academic and character development within a fun and rewarding hockey-centered program.
In addition to fostering athletic skills and engaging youth in recreational activities throughout the hockey season, Hasek’s Heroes provides team building and leadership skills during both the on-ice and off-ice components of the program.