Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award

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Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for The league's top citizen based on his contributions off the ice as well as on[1]
First award 2001
Final award 2013
Most recent Brett Beebe & Kaare Odegard

The Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award was an annual award given out at the conclusion of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season to the league's top citizen.

The Award was donated by and named after Mike and Marian Ilitch, a pair of wealthy Detroit-based businesspeople who well known both for their philanthropic efforts[2] as well as their ownership of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. The Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award was first bestowed in 2001 and every year thereafter until 2013 when the CCHA was dissolved as a consequence of the Big Ten forming its men's ice hockey conference.[3]

Award winners[edit]

Year Winner Position School
2000–01 Jason Cupp Center Nebraska-Omaha
2001–02 Kevin O'Malley Goaltender Michigan
2002–03 Mike Betz Goaltender Ohio State
2003–04 Neil Komadoski Defenceman Notre Dame
2004–05 Bo Cheesman Right Wing Lake Superior State
2005–06 Drew Miller Left Wing Michigan State
2006–07 Tim Cook Defenceman Michigan
2007–08 Justin Abdelkader Left Wing Michigan State
2008–09 Jeff Lerg Goaltender Michigan State
Jerad Kaufmann Goaltender Nebraska-Omaha
2009–10 Dion Knelsen Center Alaska
2010–11 Trevor Nill Center Michigan State
2011–12 Cody Reichard Goaltender Miami
2012–13 Brett Beebe Right Wing Western Michigan
Kaare Odegard Defenceman Alaska

See also[edit]




  1. ^ "OSU's Betz Receives Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award". Ohio State Buckeyes. 2003-03-20. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  2. ^ "The Little Caesars Love Kitchen to Serve Free Pizza to Shelter in Toledo". Toledo Rockets Football Blog. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  3. ^ "The CCHA is going away, but its history will have a final resting place". USCHO.com. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 

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