One of these days I will actually do what I said I would do: viewing all the Bruins media Zoom calls and summing them up and giving my impressions. It wouldn’t take long but I really have to be in the right mindset to absorb it, to have an attention span that is longer than that of a fly, and to be able to get past the screenshot of Sean Kuraly looking extra fine on his call.
So, while I’m still trying to get my act together, let’s talk about the NHL Awards. Yeah, I know that most of the time we don’t really care about these. However, this season being unique due to a raging pandemic making itself right at home here in the US, so the awards are being announced virtually and on air during the hockey game intermissions. This year, there are some really interesting results so far.
On Sunday night, the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for exemplary leadership on and off the ice went to someone I wanted to win: Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild. Dumba has been very vocal about leveling the playing field for hockey players of color and changing hockey culture. He is a co-founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance who wants to work with the NHL to make the sport more diverse, especially in areas of leadership within the league. After the murder of George Floyd, he’s worked within the community to fundraise to rebuild BIPOC businesses that were damaged during protests. Really, that’s just a drop in the bucket of what he’s done.
On Monday night, the Masterton Trophy was awarded to the Ottawa Senator’s forward Bobby Ryan. After taking two months off during the season to address his addiction issues, he returned in February sharing his story so that he could inspire others who may be struggling with their own substance abuse issues. Despite being a professional hockey player, Bobby Ryan has not had the easiest path through life or to the NHL and not taking care of yourself can take it’s toll. Hopefully, he’ll keep on the right path for him.
Finally, on Tuesday night it was all about Willie O’Ree and seeing the results of his grassroots efforts that he’s been making for so many years now. The 3rd annual Willie O’Ree Award was presented by the man himself to Dampy Brar of APNA Hockey School in Calgary.
— NHL (@NHL) September 9, 2020
Brar is bringing hockey to the South Asian community in Calgary and also reaching out to India to inspire people to play the sport which is wonderful because if there’s one thing that Willie O’Ree has taught us it’s that hockey is for everyone.