The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are proud to announce that Chris Bruton has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Fairfield County community during the 2013-14 season.
Though he is in just his first season with the team, Bruton immediately immersed himself in the community. Throughout the season, the Sound Tigers held all types of community events, including hospital visits, on-ice hockey lessons and trips to local schools to discuss financial responsibility. Bruton was always the first player in the Sound Tigers locker room to volunteer for community events.
Though it’s been an injury-plagued season for Bruton, that didn’t prevent him from being active in the community. Though he was out of the Sound Tigers lineup for nearly three months, Bruton did not detach himself from the team, but instead helped coordinate with other players and staff to make sure no community event went without a presence from the Sound Tigers.
Bruton 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.