WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are proud to announce that Cameron Gaunce has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Northeast Pennsylvania community during the 2016-17 season.
Ever since Gaunce joined the Penguins in October of 2016, he showed an instant initiative in supporting the community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Gaunce introduced the “Tickets for Teachers” program, which supplied free tickets to local educators who go above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs. The 27-year-old defenseman also made a point to travel to the selected teachers’ classrooms and deliver tickets to the winners in person.
This is Gaunce’s first selection as IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year in his seven-year pro career.
Gaunce is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2016-17 Yanick Dupré 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 Dupré Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League at a later date.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 31 when it travels to Mass Mutual Center for the team’s last match-up of the season with the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Apr. 1, and their opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.