North Andover, MA – The players of the Islanders Hockey Club Premier Team selected John McLean, Jr the recipient of the 2016 Avalanna Routh Memorial Award. The award is in memory of Avalanna Routh who passed away on September 26, 2012 at the age of six from AT/RT. The following link tells of her story and shows why she captured the hearts of millions including GM/Head Coach Sean Tremblay.
In 2014 former assistant coach Matt King and his family raised some money through a pond hockey tournament and created the Avalanna Routh Memorial Award and donated the trophy that stays in the Gallant Arena all year long. Each year Matt, Holly, Cam, Dylan, and Jordan King drive down from Maine to present the award.
The award is the only individual honor given by the IHC and goes to the player who best exemplifies what it means to be an Islander. Each year the team is involved in volunteering time and raising funds to local charitable events including Cure AT/RT and Autism Speaks. All players also spend time with youth teams each week during the season as well as helping with the mite development program. The challenge to the players is to live life the way Av lived, touch other people in a positive way and make life better for those around you. John went above and beyond the call of duty and is very deserving of this prestigious honor.
Avalanna Routh Memorial Award Winners
2016 – John McLean, Jr
2015 – Maximilian Daigle
2014 – Aaron Titcomb