LAVAL (March 29, 2018) – The Laval Rocket is proud to announce that Chris Terry has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the local community during the 2017-18 season.
Terry showed great leadership and demonstrated a willingness to get involved in the community all year long. While still in the junior ranks, Terry’s community involvement earned him the Dan Snyder Trophy in 2009 as the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year. His dedication to help others continued with Laval, with whom he has already contributed to many community service projects.
Terry launched the “Chris ALS All-star” program. He has chosen to give tickets to each of the Rocket’s home games to someone living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), providing them with the opportunity to visit the Place Bell and meet him in person after the game. An important partnership between the Rocket and ALS Quebec emerged from this commitment.
On their own, Terry along with Matt Taormina and other teammates surprised some less fortunate families at a Laval community center to distribute gifts to children and their parents just a few days before Christmas. When there was an opportunity to get involved, Chris was ready to help. He also participated in minor hockey clinics and visited Laval’s regional hospital with Taormina, and fellow teammates David Broll and Brett Lernout.
Chris Terry is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2017-18 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 at a later date.