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It’s All About The Community – Moose Forward Recognized

Darren Kramer – left winger for the the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose – has been named the ‘American Specialty Man of the Year’ for the 2017-18 season.

It’s All About The Community – Moose Forward Recognized

Kramer was given the illustrious award for his many contributions throughout the community of Winnipeg this past season. The 26-year-old Alberta native has spent the past six years in the AHL, most recently joining the Moose in 2015, and spending the last three years with the squad.

With this honour, Kramer has now automatically become one of 30 finalists for the 2017-18 Yanick Dupree Memorial Award – highlighting all 30 of the league’s ‘American Specialty Men of the Year’. The honour is named after the former AHL all-star who died following a year-and-a-half battle with Leukemia.

Throughout the season, Kramer volunteered his time within many organizations, and participated in multiple community/team events. He exceeding all team expectations and went above and beyond the AHL guidelines for appropriate player/fan relations.

A few of Kramer’s involvements include:

RCMP K-9 training Backyard rink visits Autism Awareness Month An afternoon at St. Amant Grow with the Pros mentorship program Stick to Reading initiative Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy True North Youth Foundation Outdoor team skate at Camp Manitou School visits Community Club Practice Siloam Mission Afternoon at the Assiniboine Park Zoo Polar Bear Rescue Team

The AHL will select its winner of the Yanick Dupree Memorial Award by June.

By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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