The Peoria Rivermen are proud to announce that Dave Spina has been named the team’s
winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL
Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Peoria community
during the 2010-11 season.
Spina, in his first year with the club, was involved with the Rivermen
community outreach from the very start of this season. He spearheaded the team’s Junior Achievement
program and spent five weeks teaching first grade at Hines Elementary. At various events with fans this season,
Spina was often the first player through the door and the last one to
leave. At this year’s Children’s
Hospital telethon, he called his friends and family to raise money for the
cause and even donated his own money to the hospital.
A well-spoken individual, Spina became the face of the
Rivermen community efforts with the media throughout the season His hard work and dedication on and off the
ice make him a great embassador for the gamefor the Rivermen, the AHL and the game
now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2010-11 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring 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 in the coming weeks.