Seven finalists are up for the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.
The group includes Colgate senior Ethan Cox, Amherst senior Kirsten Dier, Alaska senior Dion Knelsen, Adrian junior Sam Kuzyk, Williams senior Zachary Miller, Connecticut College junior Brigid O’Gorman and Denver senior Brandon Vossberg.
The award, given annually to the college hockey player what most personifies community spirit through leadership, effort and time, will be named on April 9 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Following is a brief bio on Kuzyk as provided by the Hockey Humanitarian Award administration:
Adrian’s hockey program is in only its third season of existence, but if Kuzyk is any indication, the Bulldogs are already doing things right.
And so is Kuzyk, who in short order has become a leader in the community. No matter his impressive on-ice stats, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native is scoring his most valuable points by helping those less fortunate in and around Adrian. Earlier this year, taking a cue from something he and his family did back home, he organized an effort to support a local family of five through the Salvation Army. He and his teammates bought food and toys for the family’s three children.
“We got together a pretty good package,” said Kuzyk. “I really hope it made a difference for them.”
Sam has also interned at a center for the disabled; reads to local students; and organized a Help Hockey Heal Hunger food drive, a two-day event which raised 267 items for a local food pantry.
“Michigan has endured tough economic times,” Kuzyk observed. “It puts everything at a premium — even food — something a lot of us take for granted.”
Photo courtesy Adrian College Athletics