USA Hockey will host its 2016 Annual Congress from June 8-11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The four-day event provides USA Hockey’s various councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the business of the national governing body and celebrate accomplishment.
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and various other players of the year on June 8 at its annual Night of Tribute Awards Dinner, while the other top awards will be presented during the President’s Awards Dinner on June 10.
Wednesday’s award recipients include Adult Player of the Year JimWestby (Roseville, Minn.), Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Grand Forks, N.D.), Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Rem Pitlick (Plymouth, Minn.), Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.), College Player of the Year Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.) and Disabled Athlete of the Year Sarah Bettencourt (San Diego, Calif.).
Honorees for The President’s Awards Dinner on June 10 include Excellence in Safety Award recipient Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth (Elmhurst, Ill.), Chet Stewart Award winner Pat Bush (Raleigh, N.C.), Adult Member of the Year Shelley Looney (Buffalo, N.Y.), Walter Yaciuk Award recipient Dr. Chip Burke (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Bob Johnson Award winner HilaryKnight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Distinguished Achievement Award recipient Jerry York (Watertown, Mass.) and William Thayer Tutt Award winner PhilZona (Milton, Mass.). The dinner will also honor 2014-16 Brian Fishman Intern JasmineGrotto (Alpena, Mich.) and 2015-16 Brendan Burke Intern Lyle Gregory (Branford, Conn.).
For biographies on all the award winners, click here.
Excellence in Safety Award – Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth
Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist specializing in concussions and traumatic brain injury, and is known throughout the athletic community for her extensive work in sports- related concussions and management. Pieroth joined the NorthShore University Health System Sports Concussion Program as an associate director in 2012 after spending 13 years independently working with children and adults with concussive injuries. She has also been involved in assessing NHL players since the league implemented its mandatory preseason and post-injury neuropsychological testing concussion program in 1997. Since 2005, she has worked with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks as a concussion specialist, and is also a current member of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois’ Safety Committee. Her work in professional sports extends beyond hockey, as Pieroth also serves as a head injury and concussion specialist for the NFL’s Chicago Bears, MLB’s Chicago White Sox, Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and numerous colleges and high schools. She is on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois and is a member of the USA Football Heads Up Advisory Committee and U.S. Soccer Concussion Task Force. In addition, she has written journals and articles on concussion management and assessment. Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, Pieroth graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
The Excellence in Safety Award, sponsored by K&K, recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to make hockey a safer game for all participants.