Mary Ann Robinson, the Central District’s Girls’/Women’s Section Director, was recently awarded the 2014 Joe Burke Award. This award is presented annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women’s ice hockey.” It is named in honor of a girls’ and women’s hockey “superfan”. Robinson has been involved with and dedicated to girls’ hockey development for over 20 years. With Robinson at the helm, the Central District’s Girls’ Player Development Program has been instrumental in the development of many collegians, USA National Team and Olympic players such as Illinois players Kendall Coyne and Megan Bozek (2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic hopefuls) and Grace Zarzecki and Sophie Skarzynski (U.S. Women’s National U-18 Team). Additionally, she has served USA Hockey in numerous capacities from USA National Tournament Director (2006-2009), Camp Director for Girls’ USA Hockey National Player Development Camp (2001-2009) in Lake Placid and St. Cloud, USA Hockey Team Host for Team Sweden in 2004 during the Four Nations Tournament in Lake Placid, NY, Team Host for Team Canada in 2005 during US Tour and was in charge of the 7 team hosts for the IIHF U-18 Worlds, April 2010 in Chicago. Robinson’s non-hockey activities include serving as a part-time reading teacher to developmentally disabled 7th and 8th grade students. She worked with the Service League of Manitowoc County (Wisconsin), was President from 1994-1998, receiving their highest award for volunteerism.
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