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Annual Awards

USA Hockey's Annual Awards

USA Hockey's Annual Congress is the yearly gathering of USA Hockey’s volunteer leaders, including members of the organization’s board of directors, councils, committees and sections. At each, some of the organization's most outstanding contributors and players are recognized.

Learn more about each award and see a list of all-time recipients below.


William Thayer Tutt Award

The William Thayer Tutt Award is presented annually by USA Hockey to a volunteer who, during many years of service, has displayed a selfless dedication to the enhancement of ice hockey at the grassroots level in America.

Year Name Hometown
2003 Ted Brill Grand Rapids, MI
2004 Carl Gray Concord, MA
2005 Larry McCauley Redwood, NY
2006 Mike Cheever Swampscott, MA
2007 Neal Henderson Springdale, MD
2008 Paul Furman, Sr. Oswego, NY
2009 Ron Hayes South Lyon, MI
2010 Wally Kormylo Kenosha, WI
2011 Don Korth Salt Lake City, UT
2012 Paul Moore Falmouth, MA
2013 Doug Ackley Massena, N.Y.
2014 Dave Wiitanen Hancock, MI

Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year

USA Hockey annually salutes the accomplishments of an outstanding American-born women’s ice hockey player with the Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year Award.  

Year Name Hometown
1995 Karyn Bye River Falls, WI
1996 Cammi Granato Downers Grove, IL
1997 Laurie Baker Concord, MA
1998 Karyn Bye River Falls, WI
1999 A.J. Mleczko Nantucket, MA
2000 Sara DeCosta-Hayes Warwick, RI
2001 Krissy Wendell Brooklyn Park, MN
2002 Sara DeCosta-Hayes Warwick, RI
2003 Angela Ruggiero Harper Woods, MI
2004 Angela Ruggiero Harper Woods, MI
2005 Natalie Darwitz Eagan, MN
2006 Katie King Brookline, MA
2007 Julie Chu Fairfield, CT
2008 Caitlin Cahow Branford, CT
2009 Jessie Vetter Cottage Grove, WI
2010 Jenny Potter Anoka, MN
2011 Meghan Duggan Danvers, MA
2012 Kelli Stack Brooklyn Heights, OH
2013 Amanda Kessel Madison, Wis.
2014 Hilary Knight Sun Valley, ID

USAdult Player of the Year

The USAdult Player of the Year Award is presented annually by USA Hockey’s Adult Program to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of an American-born adult ice hockey player.

Year Name Hometown
2005 Jim Ragold Birmingham, MI
2006 Norm Dann Tampa, FL
2007 Marv Jorde Woodbury, MN
2008 Tom Hendrix Columbia, MD
2009 Rodger Moy Burnsville, MN
2010 Steve Peterson Woodbury, MN
2011 Mark "Mugsy" DePuydt Eagle River, WI
2012 Bobby Lund Roseau, MN
2013 Sue Ring-Jarvi Anoka, MN
2014 Katie Vaughan Pittsburgh, PA

Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year

The Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the most outstanding American-born player in Junior hockey. Chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of Junior coaches and administrators, criteria for the award also includes having played for a U.S. based Junior team.

Year Name Hometown
2000 Aaron Smith Madison, WI
2001 Chris Fournier Anchorage, AK
2002 Greg Rallo Gurnee, IL
2003 Ryan Potulny Grand Forks, ND
2004 Joe Pavelski Stevens Point, WI
2005 Jeff Lerg Livonia, MI
2006 Trevor Lewis Salt Lake City, UT
2007 Jeff Petry Ann Arbor, MI
2008 Jack Connolly Duluth, MN
2009 Andrew Miller Bloomfield Hills, MI
2010 Matt White Whittier, CA
2011 Blake Boleman Plano, TX
2012 Andrew Welinski Duluth, MN
2013 Taylor Cammarata Plymouth, MN
2014 Tucker Poolman East Grand Forks, MN

Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year

The recipient of the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Award is chosen from the pool of goaltenders that annually attends the USA Hockey National Goaltenders Camp and the USA Hockey Select 16 and Select 17 Festivals.

Year Name Hometown
2003 Dominic Vicari Clinton Township, MI
2004 Cory Schneider Marblehead, MA
2005 Jeff Lerg Livonia, MI
2006 Alex Stalock South St. Paul, MN
2007 Jeremy Smith Brownstown, MI
2008 Drew Palmisano Ann Arbor, MI
2009 Mike Lee Roseau, MN
2010 Jack Campbell Port Huron, MI
2011 John Gibson Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Ryan McKay Palatine, IL
2013 Charlie Lindgren Lakeville, MN
2014 Cal Petersen Waterloo, IA

USA Hockey College Player of the Year

The USA Hockey College Player of the Year Award was established to recognize the accomplishments of the top American-born player in college hockey each season.

Year Name Hometown
1997 Chris Drury Trumbull, CT
1998 Chris Drury Trumbull, CT
1999 Mike York Waterford, MI
2000 Mike Mottau Quincy, MA
2001 Ryan Miller East Lansing, MI
2002 Jordan Leopold Golden Valley, MN
2003 Michael Ayers Hingham, MA 
2004 Adam Berkhoel St. Paul, MN
2005 Marty Sertich Roseville, MN
2006 Matt Carle Anchorage, AK
2007 Jeff Lerg Livonia, MI
2008 Nathan Gerbe Oxford, MI
2009 Colin Wilson Greenwich, CT
2010 Blake Geoffrion Brentwood, TN
2011 Andy Miele Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
2012 Jack Connolly Duluth, MN
2013 Eric Hartzell White Bear Lake, MN
2014 Johnny Gaudreau Carneys Point, NJ

USA Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year

The USA Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year Award annually recognizes the outstanding perseverance and dedication by a disabled hockey player through demonstrating the ability to overcome obstacles in the pursuit of excellence both on and off the ice. 

Year Name Hometown
2005 Jeff Mansfield Arlington, MA
2006 Joe Howe Annapolis, MD
2007 Erica Mitchell Chicago, IL
2008 Max Maksimyadis Bedford Corners, NY
2009 Lonnie Hannah Boerne, TX
2010 Steve Cash Overland, MO
2011 Alex Knapp Shelby Township, MI
2012 Ron Hermansen Coon Rapids, MN
2013 Christy Gardner Lewiston, ME
2014 Connor Barge Harrison, OH

USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award

The Excellence in Safety Award recognizes an individual(s) who has made outstanding contributions through many years of service to make hockey a safer game for all participants. This could include contributing to decrease the risk for injury or promoting safety on the playing surface by working in the field(s) of medicine, epidemiology, psychology, kinesiology, physiology, chemistry, physics or engineering. 

Year Name Hometown
2005 Dr. George Nagobads Edina, MN
2006 Dr. Cos Castaldi West Hartford, CT
2006 Dr. Earl Hoerner North Andover, MA
2006 Dr. Dewey Morehouse State College, PA
Dr. Paul Vinger Concord, MA
2007 Dr. Alan Ashare Chestnut Hill, MA
2008 Dr. Michael Stuart Rochester, MN
2010 Dr. Mark R. Lovell Pittsburgh, PA
2011 Dr. Aynsley Smith Rochester, MN
2012 Dr. Charles Tator Toronto, ON
2013 Doug Abrams Columbia, MO
2014 Dr. Carolyn Emery Calgary, AB

Chet Stewart Award

The Chet Stewart Award was established in 2000 to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program during many years of service to the hockey community as an official and volunteer.  

Year Name Hometown
2003 Roy Chin Fort Wayne, IN
2004 William Reynolds Greenwich, CT
2005 Mike Martin Kalamazoo, MI
2006 Bill Leslie White Bear Lake, MN
2007 George Benson Anchorage, AK
2008 Robert Klein Atlanta, GA
2009 John Robinson Towson, MD
2010 Lyman Dimond Indian Land, SC
2011 Bob Keltie,Sr. Boca Raton, FL
2012 Bruce “Buzz” Olson Thief River Falls, MN
2013 Kevin Uptom Washington, D.C.
2014 Harold "Skip" Trumble Moorhead, MN

Bob Johnson Award

Created in 1992, the Bob Johnson Award recognizes excellence in international ice hockey competition during a specific season of play. 

Year Name Hometown
2003 Ryan Suter Madison, WI
2004 Ty Conklin Anchorage, AK
2004 Zach Parise Faribault, MN
2005 Phil Kessel Madison, WI
2005 Krissy Wendell Brooklyn Park, MN
2006 Erik Johnson Bloomington, MN
2007 Jim Dunn Long Lake, MN
2008 Natalie Darwitz Eagan, MN
2009 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team N/A
2009 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team N/A
2009 U.S. Women's National Team N/A
2009 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team N/A
2010 Ryan Miller East Lansing, MI
2011 Ron Rolston Ann Arbor, MI
2012 Jack Johnson Ann Arbor, MI
2013 John Gibson Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Andy Yohe Bettendorf, IA

Walter Yaciuk Award

The Walter Yaciuk Award is presented annually by USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the program during many years of service as a volunteer.

Year Name Hometown
2003 Bob McCaig Acworth, GA
2004 Dave Witting Beloit, WI
2005 Kevin Sullivan E. Falmouth, MA
2006 Dennis “Red” Gendron Amherst, MA
2007 Tim Taylor Guilford, CT
2008 Gary Gregus Shakopee, MN
2009 Ed Gosek Oswego, NY
2010 Ron Baum Grand Rapids, MI
2011 Val Belmonte Arlington Heights, IL
2012 Harry McDonald Eagle River, AK
2013 Al Bloomer Red Lodge, MT
2014 Dennis Bushy Moorhead, MN

USAdult Member of the Year

The USAdult Member of the Year Award is presented annually by USA Hockey’s Adult Program to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the program during many years of service to the ice hockey community as an adult player and/or volunteer.  

Year Name Hometown
2005 Ray Kraemer Clinton Township, MI
2006 Don Kohlman Eagle River, WI
2007 Tom Koester Allentown, NJ
2008 Rich Wasilewski Clearwater, FL
2009 Ed Nickey Woodbridge, IL
2010 Ray Ferry Lancaster, PA
2011 Keith Kenitzer Louisville, KY
2012 Dr. Alan Murdoch Ames, IA
2013 Tom Cline Sylvania, OH
2014 Marshall Stevenson, Jr. Potsdam, NY

USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award

Created in 1991, the USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award is presented annually to a United States citizen(s) who has made hockey his or her profession and has made outstanding contributions, on or off the ice, to the sport in America.

Year Name Hometown
2003 Brett Hull Belleville, ON
2004 Mike Eaves Madison, WI
2005 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team N/A
2006 Tim Taylor Guilford, CT
2007 Doug Ross Dearborn, MI
2008 Willie O'Ree San Diego, CA
2009 Lou Nanne Minneapolis, MN
2010 Brian Burke Edina, MN
2011 Dennis LaRue Spokane, WA
2012 Peter Karmanos Detroit, MI
2013 Phil Housley Stillwater, MN
2014 Jack Parker Somerville, MA

USA Hockey Builders Award

The USA Hockey Builders Award was established in 1999 to honor an individual who has made lasting contributions to the long-term growth and success of USA Hockey. This prestigious award is presented to the architects of USA Hockey -- leaders who have distinguished themselves through their dedication, vision and love of the game. The award recognizes the contributions of men and women who have helped share the blueprint for an organization that today serves more than 595,000 members nationwide. 

USA Hockey Builders Award

Year Name Hometown
1999 Hal Trumble San Clemente, CA
2003 Walter L. Bush Edina, MN
2005 Art Berglund Colorado Springs, CO
2006 Joe Benedetto Chicago, IL
2011 Ken Johannson Rochester, MN
2014 Tony Rossi Hinsdale, IL