SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds announced on Thursday that Ian McCoshen will be the team’s representative for the American Hockey League’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.

Dupre played for the Hershey Bears for four seasons and was an AHL All-Star. Dupre passed away in 1997 after over a year long battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced at a later date.

The 21-year old defenseman out of Hudson, WI has made a contribution to the Pioneer Valley from going to Baystate Children’s Hospital to volunteering with the Western Mass Knights sled hockey team along with reading and speaking to schools in the Western Massachusetts area. McCoshen also visited the Springfield Boys & Girls Club.

“We sincerely appreciate the involvement Ian McCoshen had at the Springfield Boys & Girls Club. Ian helped out in a variety of capacities including a floor hockey clinic, reading, and doing arts and crafts with our 5- and 6-year-old’s,” said Randy Manseau, Director of Operations for the Springfield Boys & Girls Club in a press release.

“It is great when local organizations can form a partnership. The Springfield Thunderbirds and Springfield Boys & Girls Club have done just that, and Ian has been an important part of this process. We would like to thank Ian for everything he has done for our youth in being a positive role model, and we wish Ian all the best.”

McCoshen has logged in 63 games with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 campaign, registering four goals and 12 assists for 16 points.

Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, McCoshen played for the Boston College Eagles for three years logging 105 games, scoring 17 goals and 33 assists for 50 points.

The Thunderbirds will be back in action tomorrow night against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and on Saturday night against the Providence Bruins. The puck will drop in both games at 7:05 P.M.