Nick Petrecki named AHL Man of the Year for Worcester

Nick Petrecki named Worcester Sharks 2012-13 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year
Sharks defenseman has goes above and beyond this season for the Worcester community!

WORCESTER – Worcester Sharks President Michael A. Mudd has announced that Nick Petrecki has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for a third straight season for his outstanding contributions to the Worcester community during the 2012-13 season. Petrecki won the league wide Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year last season.

The fourth year professional has continued to take the initiative to go above and beyond in regards to community outreach and has established himself as a leader in the Worcester community.

The 23-year-old native of Schenectady, New York, is the lead spokesperson for the Worcester Sharks flagship community programs; FINZ FIT KIDZ and Reading is Cool. Nick has taken the lead at several assemblies at local Boys and Girls Clubs throughout central Massachusetts.

Petrecki helped organize this year’s 5th Annual “Give Moore for the Holidays” Toy Drive by rallying his teammates to participate. The team purchased $3000 worth of toys for the Rainbow Child Development Center and invited the recipients and their families to receive the gifts following the Sharks’ December 16th game.

He has read books and spoken about the importance of reading to thousands of students throughout central Massachusetts and is an active member of the Hockey Ministries program which helped organize an extremely successful Faith and Family Night at the Worcester Sharks game on March 24th.

A NCAA National Champion with the Boston College Eagles in 2008, Nick has appeared in over 140 community events in his four seasons in Worcester and leads by example when it comes to the Sharks’ community efforts. In addition, Petrecki made his NHL debut this season with the San Jose Sharks.

In recognition of his efforts, Nick will be presented with an etched crystal trophy during an on-ice presentation prior to an upcoming Sharks home game.

Petrecki is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2012-13 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.

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