ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils are proud to announce that Dan Kelly has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Capital Region community during the 2015-16 season.
Kelly has been a leader in the Devils’ community efforts for the past six seasons and he is being recognized for his efforts for the third consecutive year. He is always willing to donate his time for community initiatives such as work with Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, numerous youth hockey programs, local school districts and military.
Kelly’s involvement in the Devils’ initiatives is best portrayed in his involvement with Saugerties Youth Hockey. This past season, they made Kelly and honorary member of their team.
“He has made the trip to Saugerties three consecutive years, coaching more than 500 players during that time,” said Saugerties Youth Hockey President Shawn Bodie. “Not only has he volunteered his time, he has helped our program grow by showing his passion for the game and by being a positive role model for our young players.”
Kelly is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 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 later this month.