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April 1, 2016
DEREK HINES UNSUNG HERO AWARD TO BE PRESENTED LIVE ON NHL NETWORK on APRIL 8
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The 2016 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award will be announced and presented as part of the Hobey Baker Awards show being carried on April 8 by the NHL Network. The show, which will also include the presentation of the AHCA's Lou Lamoriello Award and the Hobey Baker Award, begins at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time from the historic Tampa Theater.

The award was established by the HCA in honor of former Army player Derek Hines, who was a "consummate team player and team builder." Hines played at Army from 1999- 2003 and was a four-year latter-winner as well as a co-captain his senior season. He was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 1, 2005 in Afghanistan.

The Hockey Commissioners Association coordinates the honor. Each of the six hockey conferences nominates a player to a national ballot. From there, sports information directors from each conference vote on a winner, "who displays exemplary sportsmanship, is supremely competitive, intelligent and extraordinarily conditioned with an unmatched work ethic. The contributions of this individual, on and off the ice, cannot be measured by statistics alone."

The Hockey Commissioners Association coordinates the honor. Each of the six hockey conferences nominates a player to a national ballot. From there, sports information directors from each conference vote on a winner, "who displays exemplary sportsmanship, is supremely competitive, intelligent and extraordinarily conditioned with an unmatched work ethic. The contributions of this individual, on and off the ice, cannot be measured by statistics alone."

2016 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Finalists

Drew Brown - Providence/Hockey East
Soren Jonzzon - Quinnipiac/ECAC
Tommy Olczyk - Penn State/Big10
Coltyn Sanderson - North Dakota/NCHC
Matt Vidal - Holy Cross/Atlantic Hockey
Justin Woods - Alaska/WCHA