|Mark Napier and Andrew Rodger at the|
2011 "Grapes with the Greats"
(Photo by Dianne Rodger, copyright The Voice of Sport)
With Claude Lemieux and Jeremy Roenick sharing the hosting duties at the Gala Dinner, the 2011 Man of the Year Award was presented to Stanley Cup Champion, Hall of Famer and hockey legend Lanny McDonald. The Keith McCreary ‘7th Man’ Award, which recognizes a person outside of the Alumni Association that has made an exceptional contribution to the game, was presented to Ron MacLean from the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. The recipient of this year’s Ace Bailey Award of Courage was Earl Cook. An inspirational young man from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Earl touched many lives before he passed away on September 18th at the age of 23.
I recently spoke with NHL Alumni Executive Director Mark Napier to discuss the events and the honourees. You can read the interview at the NHL Alumni website