Brodie Dupont doesn’t rank very high on most Rangers fans’ prospect radar, but watching him do the heavy lifting on a line with Artem Anisimov and P.A. Parenteau for the better part of his first two years as with the Hartford Wolf Pack led me to have a real appreciation for the Russell, Manitoba native. While Anisimov and Parenteau were putting up the points and getting all the accolades, he was generally the one doing the thankless work along the boards and in front of the net.
It’s been a somewhat rocky year for the 23-year old third year pro, who’s spent the majority of it playing in a foreign position at center, generally against opposing team’s top lines. Since being moved back to the wing a month and a half ago, Dupont has put up 15 points in 18 games — including four goals and seven points in his last six games — making one wonder what might have been had he played in his natural position all season.
That Dupont’s an all-around good guy off the ice in addition to being a hard-worker on it only makes him easier to like. And since it’s unlikely he’ll ever be recognized for his offensive acumen, it’s especially nice to read the release below announcing him as the Wolf Pack’s winner of the 2009-2010 American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year Award. Congrats for an award richly deserved!
BRODIE DUPONT NAMED WOLF PACKâ€™S 2009-10 AMERICAN SPECIALTY/AHL MAN OF THE YEAR
HARTFORD, March 25, 2010: The Hartford Wolf Pack are proud to announce that Brodie Dupont has been named the teamâ€™s winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Hartford community during the 2009-10 season.
Dupont was a leader among the Wolf Pack players, throughout the year, in volunteering for school visits and any other sort of youth-oriented outreach opportunities that were available, and then outdid himself around the pinnacle of the Wolf Packâ€™s community relations efforts, the late-January â€œTip-a-Playerâ€ Dinner and Sports Carnival.
Brodie took it upon himself to make a personal visit to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT, the beneficiary of the Tip-a-Player event, and brought some meaningful encouragement to the patients there who are recovering from catastrophic and life-changing injuries and medical conditions.
Then, at the Tip-a-Player dinner itself, Brodie was the top collector among the players of â€œPuck Bucksâ€, the â€œtippingâ€ currency of the event. To accomplish this, he had to put himself on the line for a number of acts of entertainment, including the crowning touch of submitting to having his hair chopped off as a grand finale to the evening.
In recognition of his efforts, Dupont will be presented with an etched crystal trophy during an on-ice presentation prior to an upcoming Wolf Pack home game.
Dupont is now one of 29 finalists for the AHLâ€™s 2009-10 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall 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.
The AHLâ€™s Hartford Wolf Pack is operated by Northland AEG LLC, a joint partnership between Northland Investment Corporation and AEG Facilities. The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHLâ€™s New York Rangers.
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Also, if you missed it, here’s my latest weekly Wolf Pack write-up on the sorry state of the Pack’s playoff hopes over at SNY Rangers Blog.
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