DAVIS DREWISKE NAMED BULLDOGS’ 2014-15 IOA/AMERICAN SPECIALTY AHL MAN OF THE YEAR
30-year-old defenceman acknowledged for exemplary community involvement
Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release
HAMILTON, ONT. – The Hamilton Bulldogs are proud to announce that Davis Drewiske has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Hamilton community during the 2014-15 season.
Over the course of this hockey season, Drewiske has been a leader among his teammates off the ice with his proactive approach to community involvement. Most notably, the Bulldogs defenceman took it upon himself to initiate a reading program in Hamilton-area schools in October. He visited schools throughout the year to discuss the virtues of reading, education and hard work. The University of Wisconsin alumnus encouraged students to ask questions and provided a positive influence to the children by promoting the value of staying in school.
Beyond Drewiske’s season-long reading program, he also took on a leading role in several other team community functions. He played road hockey with a group of fans as part of a team-initiated contest, engaged with fans during community practices and public skates, sang carols to sick children during a hospital visit during the holiday season, visited a class of underprivileged kids to answer questions, chat about hockey and give out gifts and snacks (aside from the reading program), started off the annual ‘Bowling with the Dawgs’ charity event with a heart-felt, impromptu thank-you speech to attendees, and acted as de facto MC in addition to greeting patrons and serving food at an ‘At Your Service’ charity fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Drewiske is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2014-15 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honouring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League later this month.
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