Tyler Putnam’s dream was to play for his High School Hockey team, The Irondequoit Eagles, Junior Hockey, Division I Hockey and ultimately Professional Hockey. Tyler was able to realize two of those dreams, having played for The Irondequoit Eagles as an eighth and ninth grader and then with the Maksymum Junior team here in Rochester, NY. At the conclusion of his first Junior season, Tyler was well on his way of realizing his next dream as he was offered roster spots on five Junior A teams from Rochester, Minnesota to San Diego, California.
In July of 2011, Tyler’s hockey dreams ended tragically when he died of an illness called “meningococcemia”, which is an infection that affects the bloodstream. Tyler Putnam was known for his high energy, incredible work ethic, and desire to achieve his goals. Tyler has been memorialized with a banner hanging above the ice at Lakeshore Hockey Arena as well as by a memorial helmet sticker that dawns the symbol of a hard hat – a symbol of Tyler’s hard work and dedication to the game that he loved.
Effective at the end of the 2013-2014 season, NewEdge Hockey Training Company and co-sponsor (TBA) will be awarding a Tyler Putnam Award to one player from each of the following organizations and programs who exemplifies hard work, commitment, and dedication to the game of hockey.
Monroe County Youth Hockey
Rochester Youth Hockey / Rochester Alliance
Perinton Youth Hockey / Rochester Monarchs
Tri-County Youth Hockey
Canandaigua Youth Hockey
Webster Youth Hockey
Irondequoit High School Hockey Program
Hilton High School Hockey Program
Aquinas High School Hockey Program
Bishop Kearney High School Hockey Program
Greece Athena High School Hockey Program
Greece Olympia/Arcadia High School Hockey Program
A formal ceremony will be held in March 2014 to award the 2013-2014 recipients (location TBD). Each recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and will be honored on the NewEdge Hockey website, their respective organizations
website, The Tyler Putnam Foundation website as well as in various media outlets
Award winners are selected by their organization’s president, athletic director, or a committee within their organization.
Additional details will be sent to each participating organization.
If you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor for the Tyler Putnam Award Program, please contact Rob Sedia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.