Dan Snyder Memorial Award

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The Dan Snyder Memorial Award is awarded each year to the player of the Winnipeg Jets who "best embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition, so that his team and teammates might succeed." The award was created in 2004, when the franchise was located in Atlanta, to commemorate Atlanta Thrashers forward, Dan Snyder, who died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in September 2003. A similar award is awarded in the OHL and is known as the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy. Sometimes the Jets' award is called the same name.

With the Thrasher's relocation to Winnipeg, Manitoba to become the Winnipeg Jets following the 2010-11 NHL season, there was worry (by both Thrashers' fans and those living in Snyder's hometown) that Snyder would be forgotten. However, Scott Brown, Winnipeg's director of hockey operations/communications, quelled those fears, revealing that "Craig (Heisinger) was in Atlanta and saw all the things they did for Dan Snyder and we are fully prepared and will be honouring everything to do with him. Dan Snyder's friends and family should not worry at all about that."[1] On March 28, 2012 it was announced that the Jets would continue the tradition of the award. The Snyder family was invited to participate in the first ceremony in Winnipeg on the final game of the regular season.[2]

On April 7, 2012, Winnipeg Jets' defenceman Mark Stuart became the first Winnipeg Jet to be given the memorial award.[3]

Winners[edit]

Season Player Position
2003–04 Exelby, GarnetGarnet Exelby Defenceman
2004–05 Not awarded due to NHL lock-out
2005–06 Havelid, NiclasNiclas Havelid Defenceman
2006–07 Kozlov, SlavaSlava Kozlov Left Wing
2007–08 Perrin, EricEric Perrin Centre
2008–09 Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong Right Wing
2009–10 Slater, JimJim Slater Centre
2010–11 Little, BryanBryan Little Centre
2011–12 Stuart, MarkMark Stuart Defenceman
2012–13 Redmond, ZachZach Redmond Defenceman
2013–14 Little, BryanBryan Little Centre
2014–15 Thorburn, ChrisChris Thorburn Right Wing
2015–16 Halischuk, MattMatt Halischuk Right Wing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snyder's legacy to be carried on". Winnipeg Free Press. June 11, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dan Snyder still remembered in Winnipeg". Fox Sports South. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart wins Dan Snyder Memorial Award". Winnipeg Free Press. April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 

"Atlanta Thrashers Player Awards". NHL. Retrieved 2010-12-20. [permanent dead link]