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Emile Francis Award


Saluting Volunteerism in Youth Hockey

Emile Francis and Jim Cerny
In recognition of the sacrifice, dedication, and impact that volunteers have on grassroots development and youth and amateur hockey, the New York Rangers are proud to offer the 7th annual Emile Francis Award. This award honors former Rangers Coach and General Manager Emile Francis, who is a longtime supporter of minor hockey and also founded the Metropolitan Junior Hockey Association, which created the foundation from which many local amateur hockey associations and leagues were born.

Each year, the youth hockey community has the opportunity to nominate fellow youth hockey supporters for their outstanding service. Nominees should exemplify selfless community outreach, integrity and passion for the growth of youth hockey and generously give their time to the next crop of NHL hopefuls. From these nominees one winner will be selected and honored on-ice as part of Rangers Youth Hockey Night on Thursday, February 6th, 2014.

• Length of Service/Involvement in hockey
• Drive/Passion for the game of hockey

• Impact in growing the game at the grassroots level

• Community/charity involvement

Brian Mullen on Emile Francis' Legacy
Nick Fotiu on What Francis Meant to Him
Ron Greschner on How Francis Changed His Life
Emile Francis Award Winners
George McCafferty, Red Bank Generals
Joseph Ruggiero , New York Raptors
Kevin Connolly , Ossining High School
Caroline Loeb, Brewster Lady Bulldogs
2009-10 –
Peter Caputo , Scarsdale Youth Hockey
Tony Mazzola , Mid State Golden Blades
2007-08 –
Christopher Schuler, Monsignor Farrell High School