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U.S. Paralympics

Hannah Named USA Hockey's 2009 Disabled Athlete of the Year

May 27, 2009, 1:03 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey will host its 2009 Annual Congress from Wednesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 6, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various councils, committees, and affiliates the opportunity to gather to conduct the organization's business. In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed to the great success of USA Hockey.

USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and present the player of the year awards on Wednesday, June 3, at an awards dinner tabbed "A Night of Tribute." The event will be staged in the Crowne Plaza's Grand Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. MDT.

The award recipients include Adult Ironman of the Year Rodger Moy (Burnsville, Minn.), Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis./University of Wisconsin/WCHA), Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Chicago Steel/USHL), Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Mike Lee (Roseau, Minn./Fargo Force/USHL), College Player of the Year Colin Wilson (Greenwich, Conn./Boston University/HEA) and Disabled Athlete of the Year Lonnie Hannah (Boerne, Texas).

Lonnie Hannah, a longtime member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, is USA Hockey's Disabled Athlete of the Year. He recently helped Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the 2009 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship and is now vying for a spot on his third Paralympic Team in 2010. Hannah has used extreme dedication to overcome the adversity he's faced in his life and has helped others along the way, founding the San Antonio Rampage sled hockey team - the first of such programs in Texas - in 2006.

The President's Awards Dinner will take place on Friday, June 5. Among the honorees are Chet Stewart Award winner John Robinson (Towson, Md.), Walter Yaciuk Award winner Ed Gosek (Oswego, N.Y.), Adult Member of the Year Ed Nickey (Woodridge, Ill.), Distinguished Achievement Award honoree Lou Nanne (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Wm. Thayer Tutt Award winner Ron Hayes (South Lyon, Mich.). Also to be honored as Bob Johnson Award honorees are the four gold-medal winning teams from 2009 -- the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team, the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.

Media are invited to attend both awards dinners. Please contact the USA Hockey media and public relations department (719-538-1171 or 719-538-1169) by June 2 for accreditation and seating. Athletes, coaches and dignitaries will be made available for interviews upon request.

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