BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced today that forward Cody Bass has been selected the winner of the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award as the 2010-11 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The award is presented annually to an AHL player for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations.
Bass has spent parts of five seasons with the B-Sens and has always been eager to be involved in the local community. This season, he was motivated to do even more. Devastated by the death in November of Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of Ottawa Senators’ assistant coach Luke Richardson, Bass established WINGS (When I Need Guidance and Support). The foundation was created to increase awareness of teen suicide and help raise money to further programs in both Binghamton and Ottawa that work to prevent suicide in teens and young adults.
WINGS has been received with overwhelming support from throughout the hockey community, and fundraising efforts were highlighted by an outdoor skate in late February that saw hundreds of fans brave freezing temperatures to join Bass and his Senators teammates in support of the cause.
Bass’s contributions to the community have also gone beyond WINGS, as he continued to participate in various other outreach opportunities such as reading to students at local elementary schools, contributing to various charitable auctions and volunteering his time as a mentor to local youths. Bass has also lent his support to teammates in their own community relations activities, including joining defenseman Eric Gryba on an ice fishing trip organized for the Broome Developmental Center, which assists people with developmental disabilities.
A 24-year-old native of Owen Sound, Ont., Bass was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2005 and has played 170 games with Binghamton and 33 more with Ottawa in his four professional seasons.
The AHL’s annual Man of the Year award is named after the late Yanick Dupré, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 24 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. A second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1991, Dupré played four seasons in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, and participated in the 1995 AHL All-Star Game.
The B-Sens will host the Norfolk Admirals tonight at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $17.75 for side seating, $16.75 for end seating. Fans can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000or in person at the Binghamton Senators’ executive office or the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office.
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