Chicago Wolves right wing Spencer Machacek has been named the team’s winner of the 2010-11 IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year Award for his outstanding commitment to the Chicagoland community during the 2010-11 season.
In his three years with the Wolves, MACHACEK has participated in a large number of community endeavors, from hospital visits, to library visits to speaking at Faith and Fellowship night, and has done so with enthusiasm and devotion. This year, he made multiple visits to local libraries as part of the Wolves “Read to Succeed” program, which has reached more than 500,000 children in 16 seasons of the program. He also volunteered to visit with patients at local hospitals, and served as the player emcee for the live auction at the team’s annual “Get Fed By The Wolves” event, which raised more than $16,000 for Chicago Wolves Charities.
The 22-year-old forward continued to go above and beyond to assist the team’s community initiatives, offering to paint his helmet pink for Breast Cancer Awareness night, in addition to using a pink stink. He also served as a speaker at this year’s Faith and Fellowship night, and spent more than a hour answering questions about his faith and signing autographs for fans well after the event concluded.
MACHACEK is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2010-11 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 in the coming weeks.