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ONTARIO, CA – The Ontario Reign are proud to announce that Brett Sutter has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Inland Empire community during the 2017-18 season.
Sutter displays exemplary leadership on the ice, and is a leader in the Inland Empire community as well. Earlier this year, Reign players visited Danbury School, a local school for children with disabilities. Sutter eagerly read to the children and played games all afternoon, taking the initiative teach the students in wheelchairs hockey and play floor hockey with the entire class.
During the holidays, the Reign were honored to host low-income families for our Adopt-a-Family program. Five families were treated in a luxury suite to a night of hockey, and afterward were surprised with Christmas presents that they otherwise would not have been able to afford. Additionally, Reign players surprised the families by bringing them presents and unwrapping gifts with them. Brett took the time following the game present gifts and get to know the families the Reign were hosting.
Sutter has taken on the role of captain in every facet, hence being honored to serve as the captain in the AHL All Star Classic. He understands the vision of the Ontario Reign and Hope Reigns Foundation community relations efforts, and is eager to be a role model for the entire team in giving back.
Sutter is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2017-18 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 at a later date.