Each Annual Congress, USA Hockey honors its service award recipients and other players of the year at the Night of Tribute Awards Dinner in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The June 5 award recipients included Adult Player of the Year Cathy Moeller (Plaistow, N.H.); Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.); Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Ronnie Attard (White Lake, Mich.); Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Isaiah Saville (Anchorage, Alaska); Jim Johannson College Player of the Year Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.); and Disabled Athlete of the Year Daniel Belding (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Find more information on each award recipient below.
A USA Hockey member for almost 25 years, Cathy Moeller has participated in many USA Hockey sponsored tournaments throughout her playing career, along with other tournaments in the U.S., Canada and Iceland.
Moeller and her team, Wicked, have been competing every year since 2009 in the Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships in Eagle River, Wisconsin, and skated to a championship title at the 2016 event. Along with pond hockey, Moeller and her other team, Cold Fusion, have competed in the USA Hockey Adult National Championships in the 50+ division for the past nine years.
A native of the Greater Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Moeller moved to New Hampshire several years ago. Despite moving away from some of the friends she has made through hockey over the years, she still gets together with her teammates annually to compete in tournaments.
Moeller gives all the credit to her daughter, Candice, who has been playing hockey since she was 10, for encouraging her to learn to play the sport. After several years of playing together and driving long hours to find teams to play on, Cathy and Candice founded Wicked, the first women’s program in the Lehigh Valley area. Over the years, the program has provided the opportunity for many women to play hockey, regardless of age and skill.
When she’s not playing, Moeller is still heavily involved in the game. She has served as manager of several adult and youth hockey teams and served on the board of the United Women’s Hockey League. Over the past 14 years, she has also volunteered with Hockey Fights MS, an organization founded by her daughter to raise money for research into the cause, cure and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Through hockey, Moeller has greatly multiplied her friendships across the United States and abroad. She considers her teammates to be an extended family and looks forward to playing for many years to come.
The Adult Player of the Year Award, presented by Labatt Blue, is presented annually to an individual who performed exceptionally during the past year as a member of a U.S. adult hockey team or as a participant at an adult hockey event in the United States.
A mainstay at forward for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the past decade, Kendall Coyne Schofield brought her game to the next level in 2018-19, taking on a bigger leadership role, and earning recognition for her incredible accomplishments both on and off the ice.
As a member of Team USA, Coyne Schofield contributed to two championship-winning efforts this season, including the program’s fourth consecutive Four Nations Cup title in November in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and, as captain, the fifth consecutive IIHF Women’s World Championship for the U.S. in Espoo, Finland. At the women’s worlds, Coyne Schofield finished as the team’s second-highest scorer with five goals and four assists for nine points, and earned the Directorate Award as the tournament’s top forward. For her efforts, she was also named to the media all-star team and recognized as one of Team USA’s top three players. In February, Coyne Schofield led Team USA into the inaugural 2019 Rivalry Series as team captain.
She also helped the Minnesota Whitecaps capture the 2019 Isobel Cup in its first year as a team in the National Women’s Hockey League, skating in 13 games and contributing seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. A top-10 scorer in the league, Coyne Schofield was also named to the 2019 NWHL All-Star Team.
The Palos Heights, Illinois, native made history in January when she took the ice at SAP Center in San Jose, California, as the first woman ever to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Coyne Schofield posted an incredible run in the fastest skater competition, clocking in at 14.346 seconds, just one second behind reigning champion Connor McDavid.
The Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year Award is bestowed annually on a top U.S. women’s hockey player at the international, collegiate, high school or club level.
Defenseman Ronnie Attard had a record-setting year playing for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League during the 2018-19 season.
The USHL Player and Defensemen of the Year recorded 65 points (30G, 35A) in 48 games, the most points in a single season in franchise history. Attard’s point total was 13 more than any other USHL defensemen and among the top five in the league. His 30 goals and 65 points both established new league single- season records for blueliners.
Additionally, Attard led the league with a +47 rating, while his 13 power play goals ranked second in the USHL and his 1.35 points per game average was eighth among all skaters and first among blueliners in the league.
Serving as captain, Attard helped pave the way for Tri-City to claim the Anderson Cup as the USHL’s regular-season champion. Storm head coach Anthony Noreen described Attard as “the best leader I have ever been around at the junior level.” Noreen added that Attard “represents all of the qualities that we, as a body, want to be associated with.”
Internationally, Attard captained the U.S. to its eighth title in the last 11 years at the World Junior A Challenge. He contributed one goal and two assists in the six-game tournament staged in Bonnyville, Alberta.
“That was probably one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” Attard said. “Being able to win the tournament, too, was an awesome feeling. It’s something I’m never going to forget in my life.”
Attard is committed to play college hockey at Western Michigan University.
The Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award is presented annually to an exceptional U.S. citizen playing junior hockey in the United States.
Tri-City Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville led the United States Hockey League with a 1.90 goals-against average and ranked second with a .925 save percentage in 34 regular-season games. He appeared in 34 games for the Storm, recording four shutouts and collecting wins in 25 of those contests with only four regulation losses. His 25 wins ranked tied for fifth in the USHL, despite the fact that the four goaltenders ahead of him all played 47 games or more.
Saville also appeared in five playoff games for Tri-City, recording a .920 save percentage paired with a 2.03 goals-against average. The Anchorage, Alaska, native also recorded one shutout in the playoffs.
Saville was named USHL Goaltender of the Year and was also recognized as the USHL Goaltender of the Week on three occasions during the regular season. He made an astounding 845 saves on 908 shots in his 34 regular- season appearances.
On the international stage, Saville helped lead the U.S. to the World Junior A Challenge championship, appearing in three games for Team USA. He recorded a .944 save percentage, the third-best among goaltenders at the tournament. Saville also finished the tournament with a 1.30 goals-against average, which ranked second among goaltenders. In his three appearances, Saville allowed just four goals and recorded one shutout.
Beyond the World Junior A Challenge, Saville was also invited to the 2019 USA Hockey All- American Prospects Game in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and recorded 12 saves playing for Team Langenbrunner.
Saville is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. He finished the season ranked 13th among North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s 2019 Draft Prospect Rankings.
The Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Award, presented by Bauer, is chosen from the pool of goaltenders who play at the junior level each year. The award is named in honor of the late Dave Peterson, a passionate leader in goaltender development who twice coached the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox finished his junior year as a top 3 Hobey Baker Finalist and was also an Academic All-Ivy honoree, AHCA/CCM First Team All- American, the 2019 Walter Brown Award winner, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, ECAC Hockey First Team and Ivy League Player of the Year.
In his third season with the Crimson, Fox led the nation in points per game at 1.45, the highest mark by an NCAA defenseman since 1995. He played in all 33 games for the Crimson and contributed 48 points (9G, 39A), a school record for points in a single season by a defenseman. He also became just the fourth defenseman in school history to reach 100 career points and the first NCAA defenseman to do so as a junior since Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz accomplished the feat with University of Wisconsin in 2011-12.
Fox, the third player in Harvard history to be a three-time First Team All- American, got off to a hot start during the 2018-19 season, recording five points in the season opener against Dartmouth, which fueled a nine-game point streak. Overall, the Jericho, New York, native led the Crimson with 14 multi-point games and a plus-23 rating.
Internationally, Fox most recently competed with Team USA at the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Fox was originally selected in the third round (66th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft and signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on May 2.
The Jim Johannson College Player of the Year Award, presented by Bauer, annually recognizes an individual’s outstanding performance during the U.S. college hockey season.
Daniel Belding is an inaugural member of the Colorado Visionaries, a blind hockey program that was founded in 2018.
A major force in growing the program, Belding recruited new players and made sure current players’ needs were met with the program. After moving to Indianapolis, he quickly introduced himself to both the blind and hockey communities in his new city. He has since started a blind hockey program in Indianapolis that has gained traction over the past several months.
Despite limited central vision and even more limited peripheral vision, Belding plays blind hockey to enjoy the game he loves and compete amongst his peers who are just as passionate as him. He says playing blind hockey allows him and his peers to “give each other hope and a positive outlook on the future of a life with blindness.”
Belding grew up with a dream of becoming a professional hockey player. After beginning to play ice hockey as a six-year-old, he felt the game was moving too fast at age 15 and made the decision to step away from the game. At the time, he thought his dreams of playing hockey were over. However, “blind hockey has given me my dreams back,” said Belding.
A leader on and off the ice, Belding’s peers describe him as a leader by example. While he spends plenty of time honing his skills, Belding encourages his teammates to put their mistakes behind them and encourages everyone around him to be a leader.
Since trying out and earning a spot on the first ever U.S. Blind Hockey Team, Belding has helped start two blind hockey programs, all while planning a wedding and moving halfway across the country.
“I feel as if I surpassed my dream of being a professional hockey player and I’ve been granted the honor of representing my country playing the sport I love,” said Belding.
The Disabled Athlete of the Year Award recognizes a disabled athlete that has displayed incredible dedication to disabled hockey in the United States.
Dr. Michael Stuart