- Written by Tom Branden Tom Branden
USA Hockey will host its 2015 Annual Congress June 3-6, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The four-day event provides USA Hockey’s various councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the business of the national governing body and celebrate accomplishment. This year's event will feature two dinners, including a gala that will honor Ron DeGregorio, who is retiring as president of the organization, and also the 35th anniversary of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and various players of the year on June 3 at its annual Night of Tribute Awards Dinner, while the other top awards will be presented during the President's Awards Gala on June 5.
Wednesday’s award recipients include Adult Member of the Year Pat Weber (Eagle River, Wis.), Adult Player of the Year Scott Ferris (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Bob Johnson Award winner Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Chet Stewart Award winner Gerald Moran (Gaylord, Mich.), College Player of the Year Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.), Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year Eric Schierhorn (Anchorage, Alaska), Disabled Athlete of the Year Matthew Murray (Buffalo, N.Y.), Excellence in Safety Award winner, Dr. Chip Burke (Pittsbrugh, Pa.) and Walter Yaciuk Award winner Matt Walsh (Waunakee, Wis.).
President’s Awards Gala honorees on June 5 will include Builders Award recipient Peter Lindberg (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Distinguished Achievement Award winner Butch Johnson (Hayward, Wis.) and Wm. Thayer Tutt Award recipient Ted Cunniff (South Boston, Mass.).