Konrad Abeltshauser named Sharks Man of the Year
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April 2, 2014
Konrad Abeltshauser named Worcester Sharks 2013-14 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year
Sharks defenseman has gone above and beyond this season for the Worcester community!
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Sharks (@WorcesterSharks), proud American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that rookie defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Worcester community during the 2013-14 season
The rookie defenseman has taken the initiative to go above and beyond in regards to community outreach and has established himself as a leader in the Worcester community.
The 21-year-old native of Bad Tolz, Germany, established “Konrad’s Korner” at every Sunday home game during the 2013-14 season. Konrad purchased tickets for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest and personally met with the recipients after each game.
Abeltshauser helped organize this year’s 6th 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 13 game.
Konrad is an active member of the Hockey Ministries program and helped organize the upcoming Faith and Family Night at the Worcester Sharks game on April 5. In addition, Abeltshauser is assisting with the March Of Dimes “Coloring Contest” to generate awareness for the March of Dimes Walk on April 27 in Worcester.
A Memorial Cup winner with the Halifax Mooseheads in 2013, Konrad appeared in over 20 community events throughout central Massachusetts and leads by example when it comes to the Sharks’ community efforts. Abeltshauser was named the QMJHL's Humanitarian of the Year in 2013 for his community work with Halifax.
In recognition of his efforts, Konrad will be presented with an etched crystal trophy during an on-ice presentation prior to an upcoming Sharks home game.
Abeltshauser is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2013-14 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.