The Peoria Rivermen are proud to announce that Kyle Hagel 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 2011-12 season.
Despite suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in early November, Hagel has
been the greatest presence in the Peoria community for the Rivermen. He has attended numerous schools to speak to
students about the importance of good character and often made trips to the
Children’s Hospital of Illinois to visit with patients. Always available for community appearances,
Hagel has been a tremendous ambassador for the Rivermen.
In his first season with the Rivermen, Hagel brought his
Stick to Reading initiative to the sixth graders at Woodrow Wilson School. Through his work with Hockey Players for Kids
(HP4K), a non-profit organization that he helped found in 2007-08 while with
the Bakersfield Condors, Hagel was able to secure a $1,000 gift in books for
the school. He rewarded his participants in the reading program by bringing
teammates to the school for a floor-hockey game and two grand prize winners got
to come in the locker room after a game and meet the team.
Last season, Hagel was the Rockford IceHogs’ recipient of the
IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year award.
Hagel is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2011-12 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.