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LETOURNEAU-LEBLOND NAMED PENGUINS’ 2013-14 IOA/AMERICAN SPECIALTY AHL MAN OF THE YEAR

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Named Penguins’ 2013-14 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year
 
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are proud to announce that Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton community during the 2013-14 season.

A ninth-year veteran with over 450 pro games on his resume, Pierre-Luc has been at the forefront of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s involvement in the community this season.   Always willing to pay a visit to a local school or hospital, Letourneau-Leblond has quickly become a favorite among the Penguins fan base. 
 
Pierre and his wife, Nicole, have also taken a leadership role in the players’ involvement with the Palermo Heart-to-Heart Foundation and their Beads of Courage program.  Beads of Courage is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program, children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment paths.
 
Each Penguins player wore a pair of special beads during pre-game warm ups on Friday, March 14, when the team faced the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Players kept one of the beads for themselves as a memento, and the second delivered to program participants at Janet Weis along with notes of encouragement from the team.
 
The duo has been at the head of planning and promoting Fashion for Charity taking place tonight, involving the entire Penguins team and benefitting Beads of Courage. 
 
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2013-14 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 later this month.
 
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