Joey Mormina Named Penguins’ 2012-13 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are proud to announce that Joey Mormina 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 2012-13 season.
Mormina may be the captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on the ice, but he has also taken the lead in the team’s community involvement and charitable efforts. Always willing to participate in appearances at local hospitals and schools and with youth hockey teams, Joey has been at the forefront of two major charitable initiatives this season for the Penguins.
Though Mo-vember has recently become a national phenomenon, Joey has long been involved in this movement in honor of his father-in-law’s fight against prostate cancer. With the help of Mormina and the rest of the Penguins staff and players, Mo-vember has become increasingly popular with Penguins fans. This year, Mormina and the Penguins teamed up to create “Mormina’s Mustache Mania” in support of the American Cancer Society. This month-long promotion helped raise $2,850 for the ACS, while also bringing attention to the organization’s CPS-3 Study. Through “Mormina’s Mustache Mania”, the ACS was able to enroll 250 participants locally in this country-wide, comprehensive research study on cancer prevention.
Mormina was at the head as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton teamed up with the Palermo Heart to Heart Foundation to support the Beads of Courage program at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville.
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.
Joey Mormina is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2012-13 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 on Apr. 18.