Holloway Named Manchester Monarchs 2010-11 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man Of The Year
MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs are proud to announce that right wing Bud Holloway has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Manchester community during the 2010-11 season.
Holloway, in his third year with the Monarchs, has become a fan favorite during his stint in Manchester. Always one of the first members of the team to volunteer his services for the greater good of the community, Holloway takes pride in his community endeavors, always putting on a smile and willing to go the extra mile for those in need. He enjoys talking about the Monarchs, hockey in general, and bringing fans into his world as a professional athlete.
Holloway is a huge advocate for the Monarchs Winning With Wellness program. This program allows kids to interact with players in an educational setting. It is geared toward both elementary school and middle school children and features Monarchs players visiting schools throughout southern New Hampshire to discuss the importance of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a proper diet and exercise. Holloway jumps at the opportunity to go to local schools and speak with the children on a more personal level and share his story with them.
Kimberly Mueller, the Monarchs Vice President of Public Affairs, describes Holloway as the “textbook role model for our organization. His ability and desire to speak with children of all ages about reading or physical fitness through the many Monarchs Care Foundation programs is remarkable. He is able to effectively communicate the importance of reading, eating healthy and staying drug free – all values which Holloway speaks genuinely and candidly about to children,” said Mueller.
In addition to the Monarchs Winning With Wellness program, Holloway has also participated in the Monarchs annual Kids Club Party and Ticket Package Holder Meet & Greets, local DARE programs, the Read Across America program, youth hockey practices and the Monarchs Care Foundation’s At Your Service Dinner.
He also opens up his world to the Monarchs fans by contributing to both a personal blog as well as Bud Vision, a video segment in which Holloway carries a High-Definition Flip Camera around with him and interviews teammates, giving fans a glimpse of life in the locker room. Holloway is very hospitable when it comes to post-game meet-and-greets as he makes some of our smallest of fans feel comfortable in the unfamiliar territory of the locker room.
The Monarchs right wing also headlined a trip to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), making a stop along the way to visit David’s House, a place where families of children getting treatment at CHaD can relax and have a place to stay while visiting their child. In addition, Holloway fulfilled a special request from a local hockey team, stopping by to visit them at a local banquet prior to their playoff run. Following the inspirational speech that he gave, along with one of his teammates, the youngsters have won their local playoff games and are now on their way to Nationals.
“Holloway is always one of the first players to volunteer his services, and it does not go unnoticed from top to bottom in the organization,” said Mueller. “His ability to communicate effectively with youth makes them feel comfortable, allowing him to convey important messages with ease. His enthusiasm and energy is contagious and students are able to take that positive influence into their daily lives.”
Holloway is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2010-11 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.
Returning from their final extended road trip of the season, the Monarchs will face-off against the Worcester Sharks in a 7:30 p.m. contest at the DCU Center on Friday, April 1. Catch all the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM 900/1250 AM and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.