Snider Family and Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association to Annually Recognize Contributors to Growth of Hockey in Delaware Valley | News

Ed Schneider Award for dedication and support of amateur hockey, presented annually

PHILADELPHIA, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In partnership with The Snider Family, the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association will recognize individuals and companies that have demonstrated outstanding dedication to amateur hockey through the founding of The, past and present in the Delaware Valley Ed Schneider Award for commitment and support of amateur hockey.

“The recipients of Ed Schneider Recognizing those who have contributed to the growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the Delaware Valley,” he announced Glenn HefferanPresident of the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association and United States of America hockey director.

Eligible recipients can be either volunteers, paid individuals, or corporations that have invested time and effort in establishing and growing programs that have enabled greater participation, support, development, and stimulation of interest in the sport of hockey for all ages in the Delaware Valley .

“We will recognize these true unsung heroes who provided the fundamental building blocks that have led to the rise of so many amateur hockey players since 1967 Ed Schneider and others brought the NHL to the Delaware Valley,” added Hefferan. “It will be the coaches, managers, administrators and actual participants who really made a difference.”

Recipients can also be corporations or corporations that have supported the growth of the sport and provided participants with greater opportunity for advancement and success.

“Our family is excited to support and participate in the awards program,” he said Lindy Snider, who will represent the Snider family on the committee. “My brothers Craig and Jay both played hockey growing up there Lower Merion, and our father was very involved in youth hockey in the Delaware Valley. Dad co-founded Hockey Central in 1976 Aaron Seal, Jim Shute and Ken Gesner. Jay continued these efforts and incorporated Hockey Central into the Flyers organization while he was president of The Flyers. Along the way, many others inside and outside of the Flyers organization have done so much to fuel the growth of hockey that it is only fitting that they be recognized as well.”

Over the years Ed Sniders Mission to support the development of youth hockey came to life in many ways.

“Nothing was more rewarding than seeing the smiles on players’ faces and hearing the heartfelt comments from their parents, coaches and team leaders as high school hockey and youth hockey teams from the DVHL, Met League and Atlantic Youth Hockey League in The Spectrum ice cream afternoons occurred before the Flyers games when I was The Spectrum’s safety director,” he said Bill Whitmore, CEO of Snider Hockey. “Seeing and hearing firsthand the emotional feelings of excitement, joy and happiness was all a direct result of that Ed Sniders Understanding what the youth hockey community needs and what is necessary for participation in the sport and fan base of The Flyers to thrive for years to come.

Snider’s vision and support blossomed into many other groundbreaking programs such as The Flyers Cup High School Hockey Championship, The Pennsylvania Cup, Pepsi Shootout, Mites on Ice, and the Learn to Play programs on public rinks Philadelphiaand The 1988 Celebrity All Star Hockey game against the Flyers alumni, where proceeds supported youth hockey.

“These programs resulted in many Delaware Valley youth playing hockey and growing up to be Flyers fans, playing hockey in college, competing in the Olympics and excelling in the NHL. Those programs were also the foundation for what Snider Hockey continues to do today,” said Hefferan.

To qualify for recognition, individuals or businesses must have been actively involved in amateur hockey in the Delaware Valley since 1967 at the earliest. Up to three award winners are awarded each year, selected by the selection committee.

The Nomination and Selection Committee is chaired by Jim DoyleRepeat official and a longtime member of the NHL’s off-ice officials at Flyers home games and United States of America Hockey was appointed the umpire for the Atlantic District.

Comprised of representatives from the AAHA residing in the Delaware Valley and the Snider family, the committee secures annual nominations from the community and the AAHA, its leagues, zones, and members, including organizational leaders, parents, officials, and players past and present.

Selected recipients of Ed Schneider The Youth Hockey Engagement Award is recognized at the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association’s annual meeting or awards banquet and other events.

“The AAHA’s recognition of the builders, contributors, players, coaches, officials and many others who have fostered the growth of the amateur hockey community in the Delaware Valley is consistent with the goals of Snider Hockey,” he said Scott Tharp, CEO of Snider Hockey. “We applaud such an effort and thank the recipients who have helped make the community what it is today.”

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