Penners is Providence’s Yanick Dupre nominee

Penner

Penner

Defenseman Jeff Penner was named as the Providence Bruins’ winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award. He and the 28 other individual team winners are all finalists for the 2009 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which honors Dupre who “died in 1997 at the age of 24, following a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre, an AHL All-Star in 1995, played four seasons with the Hershey Bears, registering 169 points in 207 AHL games. He also skated in 35 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.”

Penner, a first-year pro out of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, was lauded in the P-Bruins’ press release for his work off the ice as “a fixture in the Rhode Island community at several public appearances. Always quick to volunteer for team-scheduled appearances around Providence, Penner also takes it upon himself to make frequent independent visits to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has also partnered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, where he has become a role model for a young boy, who he visits with weekly.”

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