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February 6, 2012
2012 AHCA Major Awards Are Announced
Eight Awardees to be Honored in Naples, FL

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The Officers and Governors of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) have announced their major award winners for 2012. All honorees will be presented their awards at the 2012 AHCA Convention in Naples, FL, April 26-29, 2012. They are:

THE JOHN MACINNES AWARD: Established by the AHCA in 1982 to honor former Michigan Tech coach, John MacInnes, this award recognizes those people who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages, as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but more importantly, as men.

2012 Recipient: Phil Grady, Hamilton College

Phil Grady's success as the head coach at Hamilton College from 1984-2008 can be characterized not just by the success of his teams during his tenure, but the success of the young men that played under him. So many have gone on to apply those lessons learned through Hamilton Hockey to their respective personal and professional lives as Hamilton Alumnae.

Here are some highlights of Grady's career:

• 304-260-34 career record at 24 years as Head Coach at Hamilton (.537%)

• 16 winning seasons, 18 seasons in the playoffs, 1998 ECAC East Champions as Head Coach

• Recruited and coached four of Hamilton's six All-Americans, including NHL All-Star and US Olympic Goaltender Guy Hebert '89

• 100% graduation rate of his players at Hamilton

In his 25+ years at Hamilton College (24 seasons as head coach), Grady's work ethic, determination, positive influence and competitive fire served as the lasting characteristics of his tenure at the helm of Hamilton Hockey. Further, his involvement with the USA Hockey Developmental Programs, as well as the Empire State Games in New York State, and the countless hours of youth hockey clinics and community involvement also serve as his legacy of commitment towards the growth and development of ice hockey in the United States. In 2008, Phil served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach in Ann Arbor, MI with the USNTDP-18 Team, and has spent the past two seasons ('09-'11) as an Assistant Coach at Manhattanville College.

Said longtime friend and former prep school coach David Liberatore, "Phil has always been a great motivator of men and always demanded from his players the same high levels of accountability, morality, and sportsmanship that he demanded from himself. Phil always exhibited an exceptional level of preparedness and his trademark phrase of, 'If you're five minutes early, your probably ten minutes late,' a phrase he would often use with both players and coaches, defined Phil's commitment to excellence and passion for success."

Prior to coming to Hamilton, Grady served three years (1980-1983) as an assistant to George Crowe at Dartmouth College. His first two jobs in coaching were at Albany Academy (1972-1976) and Northfield Mount Hermon (1976-1980). Grady is a 1970 graduate of Norwich University.


TERRY FLANAGAN AWARD: Named in honor of the former UNH player and Bowling Green Assistant, this award honors an assistant coach’s career body of work.

2012 Recipient: Drew Famulak, Ferris State University

Drew Famulak is in his 19th year as a hockey coach at Ferris State University. He started his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Miami under current Denver Head Coach George Gwozdecky. In August of 2003, Drew was promoted to Associate Head Hockey Coach at Ferris State University. During this same year (2002-03), the FSU staff was given the honor of NCAA Coaching Staff of the Year after capturing the CCHA Regular Season Championship and advancing to the NCAA Final Eight. In the last six years, Ferris has enjoyed four winning seasons, including a trip to Joe Louis Arena and the CCHA Final Four. Currently Ferris State University is ranked #5.

Since Famulak's arrival at Ferris State University in the 1993-94, season he has been instrumental in recruiting/coaching the following student athletes:

• Nine All–Americans (none before his arrival)

• 17 All CCHA Players-First and Second teams combined

• Six All CCHA Rookie Team

• Two All CCHA Offensive Defensemen

• Two CCHA Scoring Leaders

• One CCHA Player of the Year

• One Hobey Baker Memorial Award Hat Trick Finalist

Says Ferris Head Coach Bob Daniels, "Drew has been an extremely loyal coach who has had numerous opportunities to leave for other programs — many perceived as 'bigger programs' — over the years but has remained steadfast in his desire to build a winning program here at Ferris State University. Drew is also extremely well liked and respected within the campus community at Ferris. This includes faculty and administration. His attention to detail regarding our players education is appreciated by not only the players and their parents, but by the professors as well."


THE JOHN MARIUCCI AWARD: John Mariucci, the former coach of the University of Minnesota, was not only an outstanding college coach, but also a driving force behind the growth of hockey in the United States. In 1987, the AHCA created this award to honor a secondary school association coach who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and enthusiasm of the "GODFATHER OF U.S. HOCKEY," John Mariucci.

2012 Recipient: Tom Osiecki, Burnsville High School (MN)

Tom Osiecki has forged a unique and varied coaching career in the state of Minnesota. Currently assisting Olympian Natalie Darwitz at Lakeville South High School, Osiecki has played a major role in beginning and nurturing programs at all levels.

His first coaching job was with the St. Agnes boys team in 1964 but he quickly moved to start the Burnsville High School boys program in 1966. He built Burnsville into a powerhouse, staying there for 24 seasons and winning two state championships. He left the high school ranks briefly when he became an NHL scout for the Minesota North Stars/Dallas Stars from 1990 to 1995.

Returning to high school hockey in 1996, he coached the Burnsville girls for two seasons before starting the St. Olaf College women's program, coaching there from 2000-2004. Before his current assignment, he spent two years assisting Brad Frost and the University of Minnesota women's varsity program.

A legend in Minnesota hockey circles, Osiecki was inducted into the Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995 and he has received the Cliff Thompson Award, given to members of the hockey community who make outstanding contributions to the sport in Minnesota. Twice he was High School Coach of the Year while at Burnsville and he also won MIAC Coach of the Year at St. Olaf.

One of Osiecki's two sons, Mark, is the head coach of men's ice hockey at The Ohio State University.


THE JIM FULLERTON AWARD: Named in honor of the former Brown University hockey coach and AHCA spiritual leader, this award recognizes an individual who loves the purity of our sport. Whether a coach, administrator, trainer, official, journalist or simply a fan, the recipient exemplifies Jim Fullerton, who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which our game was heading.

2012 Recipient: Wally Odell, Minnesota Hockey

Wally Odell has influenced a great number of hockey players and coaches in more than 50 years of involvement in the grass roots development of youth hockey. Odell began his foray into local hockey administration in the Minnetonka Youth Hockey Association where he was instrumental in getting this association on its feet in the mid-1960's. He then went on to help start the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association in 1967. Due to his success at the local levels, Odell was tapped to serve on the state level as a vice-president which he did from 1978-1983. In addition Odell served AHAUS/USA Hockey on the Youth Council from 1983 to 1995 which includes eight years on the Youth Council Long Range Planning Sub-Committee and on the Rules Committee from 1983-1988.

Committee work wasn't enough for Wally. He saw an opportunity to help make national tournaments better events for the players. He was the tournament director of the Regional Midget Tournament in Phoenix in 1982, for five Tier 2 Bantam National Tournaments and one Junior C National Tournament. In addition, he was on the organizing committee for the 1982 IIHF World Junior Tournament held in Minnesota. Wally was involved in and helped run the Olympic Development Camps from 1978-1995. He was the Team West GM at the National Sports Festival from 1981-1983. With Ralph Jasinski, he helped organize the "80 for 80" committee dedicated to providing funding and administrative support for the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team.

Said Tom Peart, "While Odell's list of accomplishments is long and distinguished, perhaps the most important impact he had on hockey was that it was his goal to make hockey better for the kids playing the game. As a volunteer he has given selflessly of his time to help young hockey players around Minnesota and across the country become better players and more importantly better people.

Wally won the Minnesota Hockey Don Clark Award in 2005. Minnesota Hockey presents the Don Clark Award annually to an individual who over a period of many years has been dedicated to the grassroots growth and development of youth hockey in Minnesota. The ideal candidate has voluntarily and unselfishly given of himself or herself to make the sport of hockey better by providing opportunities for youth to play and enjoy the game.

Wally is the father of five and the grandfather of eight. Two of his sons are coaching youth hockey and four of his grandchildren are playing youth hockey.

Wally will turn 85 in January and he is still working.


THE JOHN “SNOOKS” KELLEY FOUNDERS AWARD: Named after the famed Boston College coach, this award honors those people in the coaching profession who have contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

2012 Recipient: Terry Moran, Castleton State

Terry Moran, whose membership in the AHCA stems from his current job as an assistant men's coach at Castleton State, has forged a unique record of assisting people in the state of Vermont. A 1972 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he played varsity hockey before embarking on a brief professional career, Moran has been a force for change and learning on and off the ice.

A USA Hockey referee for two decades, Moran seemed to find his calling when he got involved in coaching in the mid-1970s. He got his start at Norwich University as an assistant back in 1975. He moved on to Missisquoi High School in Swanton, Vermont, and then St. Michael's College in Winooski.

In 1980, he moved to Rutland where he became the "go-to guy" for the Rutland Amateur Hockey Association. He worked tirelessly as a board member and coach for the next two decades before returning to the college ranks at Castleton State. Said Castleton head coach Alex Todd, "In the state or Vermont there are only five college hockey programs, Terry Moran has coached at three of them.

Even with professional and collegiate experience, it was Terry dedication to youth hockey that has kept him active in hockey. Over the last thirty years, Terry's dedication has grown exponentially within the world of Vermont hockey and his name has become synonymous with success. Every player and parent who has worked with or been coached by Terry marvels over his ability to communicate basic hockey skills to all ability levels from Mites to college players.

"Terry Moran is a selfless volunteer, a compassionate leader, a wonderful father and father figure, a benevolent corporate and community citizen, and an outstanding human being," said David Wolk, President of Castleton State. "In my 36 years as an educator, I have never encountered a more impressive educator, coach and role model."


THE JOE BURKE AWARD: Presented annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women’s ice hockey.” It is named in honor of a girls’ and women’s hockey “superfan,” Joe Burke.

2012 Recipient: Bob Allen, USA Hockey and Lake Placid Olympic Center

The late Bob Allen was one of the most influential figures in the growth of women's ice hockey in the United States. Much of his work took place at Lake Placid, NY, where his son, Denny, currently works for the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). The senior Allen was a charter member of the Lake Placid Sports Council and served on a number of boards and committees advancing the interests of both ice hockey and figure skating. Allen spent 25 years as president of the New York State Hockey Association (1954-1979) and was a member of the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee and in that capacity, chaired the ice hockey planning and engineering committees for the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid.

From 1981-1983, Bob was the manager of Appleton Arena at St. Lawrence University. He then returned to Lake Placid to serve ORDA from 1983-1989. It was in this next period that his influence on women's ice hockey was particularly strong. A member of the USA Hockey Board of Directors, Allen played a major role in the elevation of women's hockey as a medal sport, commencing with the 1998 Games. He served as chairman of that first U.S. team that won the inaugural gold medal. Numerous scholarships have been named in Bob's honor as is the U.S. Women's National Team Locker Room at Lake Placid and the USA Hockey Woman's Player of the Year Award.

Bob served USA Hockey for 40 years as Secretary and Vice President and was given "Director Emeritus" status when he retired in 2005. He died in March of 2007.


THE WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY FOUNDERS AWARD This award honors a member of the hockey community or college coaching profession who has contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of women’s ice hockey in the United States through their enthusiasm, passion and selflessness.

2012 Recipient: Walter Bush, USA Hockey

One of the most recognized and a respected leader in hockey, Walter L. Bush, Jr., is the chairman of the board for USA Hockey, a position he has held since June 2003. Bush has served as a member of the organization's Board of Directors since 1959 and became president of USA Hockey in June 1986, following Wm. Thayer Tutt and Tom Lockhart. He served in the capacity for 17 years before taking his current position as chairman of the board. In recognition of his 45th year of service to USA Hockey, the organization dedicated its national headquarters as The Walter L. Bush, Jr. Center in June of 1999.

Bush retired as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Council in May 2008 after a 23-year stint, the last 14 years as a vice president of the organization. Bush served on numerous committees within the IIHF, including as chair of the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey Committee, the IIHF Inline Hockey Committee and the Selection Committee for the IIHF Hall of Fame from its inception. As chairman of the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey Committee, Bush was instrumental in organizing the first IIHF Women's World Championship. He also led the successful charge that made women's ice hockey a medal sport in the Olympic Winter Games beginning in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

Bush has been involved in hockey as a player, coach, manager, administrator and team owner. His hockey background includes having played at the high school, college and senior levels. His senior team won three Minnesota state championships and, from there, Bush became involved in team management. He managed the 1959 U.S. National Team at the IIHF World Championship, and, in 1964, he served as general manager of the 1964 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. Bush was named special assistant to U.S. Olympic Committee President Bill Hybl for the U.S. Delegation at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

Bush was president of the Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association for three years and was owner and president of the minor league Minneapolis Bruins from 1963-65. He later led a group of businessmen in securing a National Hockey League franchise – the Minnesota North Stars - for the Twin Cities area. He served as the North Stars' first president from 1967-76 and later became chairman of the board. Bush spent 17 years in the NHL working with a variety of committees. Afterward, he was active in professional hockey as a principal owner of the American Hockey League Kentucky Thoroughblades.

Bush is a delegate to the USOC representing hockey and is secretary of the U.S. Olympic Foundation. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Bush received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee, the highest honor in the Olympic movement. Bush was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. He received the NHL's Lester Patrick Award in 1973 in recognition of his outstanding service to ice hockey in the United States. He was enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 and, in 1989, was elected to the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame. He currently serves as a governor for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Bush, who was honored with the U.S. Olympic Foundation's inaugural George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award in 2006, resides in Naples, Fla., with his wife, Sis. He has a daughter, Anne Hanson, and two sons, Walter III and Steven.


THE WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY ASSISTANT COACH AWARD This award recognizes the career body of work of an assistant coach in women's ice hockey.

2012 Recipient: Bob Bellemore, Providence College

Bob Bellemore, a former goaltending great in the Providence College class of 1966, has served as an assistant coach for the Providence College Women's Ice Hockey Program for more than 19 years. Bob has not only had tremendous impact on the PC women's ice hockey program, its championships and success but he has contributed to the sport as a whole working at the USA Hockey National camps and other camps over this time developing the nation's best goaltending talent.

Said Friars head coach Bob Deraney, "Bob not only works with our goalies, he works with all the players on our team. He recruits for us and he is instrumental in performing whatever assignments need to be done to keep our program at a national level. He is a terrific team player, a friend to all the coaches throughout the sport at all levels. He is also recognized as one of the most experienced goalie coaches in the nation for girls and boys."

As a sophomore, Bellemore helped the Friars win their first ECAC title and earn their first berth in NCAA "Frozen Four." He also starred on the school's baseball team and served as team captain his senior year. he was voted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.

His coaching career actually began with Lou Lamoriello and the men's team in 1972. He stayed with the men until 1986 when he took the title of Manager of Schneider Arena. Soon after, he joined Lamoriello with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, serving as goalie coach. In 1991, he returned to Rhode Island, earning his master's degree at Providence and starting a new career at South Kingston High School. He has worked there as both a special education instructor and as a guidance counselor.

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