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Dan Snyder Man of the Year Award

Undrafted, Dan Snyder (February 23, 1978 - October 5, 2003) was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent in 1999. During his time in the minor leagues, he was a member of the International Hockey League champion Orlando Solar Bears in 2000-01 and the American Hockey League champion Chicago Wolves in 2001-02. Called up to the National Hockey League, he scored 10 goals and four assists in 36 games with the Thrashers in 2002-03.

On September 29, 2003, Snyder was critically injured after the Ferrari 360 Modena driven by his teammate, Dany Heatley, struck a wall along Atlanta's Lenox Road. Both players were ejected from the car, which was split in half by the force of the impact. Snyder suffered a fractured skull and internal brain injuries due to the rapid acceleration / deceleration incident. He lapsed into a coma following emergency surgery, and died six days later on October 5.



The Dan Snyder Man of the Year Award is given to the Chicago Wolves player who demonstrates the most outstanding dedication to Chicago-area community service each year.

19 forever in our heartSnyder was a dedicated member of the Chicago Wolves organization off the ice, making numerous appearances in the community and endearing himself to many of the fans who watched him on the ice and met him outside the arena.  During offdays, Snyder made frequent appearances at local libraries to talk to kids about reading through the Wolves "Read to Succeed" program.  He also visited hospitals and appeared at other community events.  Snyder set an example to be followed by future members of the team.

Snyder was just as dedicated on the ice, serving as team captain of his junior team and excelling through hard work as his career progressed.  He made his NHL debut with the Atlanta Thrashers on April 3, 2001, against the Ottawa Senators before tallying two game-winning goals in the Turner Cup Finals for the Orlando Solar Bears, helping them to a 4-games-to-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves. As a member of the Wolves in 2001-02, Snyder continued to score at crucial times, tying an all-time AHL playoff record with five game-winning goals.  With Snyder's help, the Wolves took home their first Calder Cup championship.

The Wolves keep Snyder's memory alive in various ways.  A banner bearing his name hangs permanently from the rafters of the Allstate Arena, while the Wolves continue to raise money for charities associated with him.

Davies Named Wolves 2012-13 Dan Snyder Man Of The Year


Forward Michael Davies has been named the Chicago Wolves’ Dan Snyder Man of the Year in recognition of his unwavering commitment to Chicago-area charities and the community during the 2012-13 season.

The award is earned by one Wolves player each season in memory of Snyder, who passed away on Oct. 5, 2003, after suffering head injuries in a car accident. Snyder spent the 2001-02 and 2002-03 season with the Wolves and helped the team capture the 2002 Calder Cup championship.

Wolves chairman of the board Don Levin, general manager Wendell Young, and senior advisor/director of hockey operations Gene Ubriaco presented the 26-year-old DAVIES with the award Saturday, April 13, at Allstate Arena shortly before the team’s 7 p.m. contest against Charlotte.

“I was shocked at first when I heard I was getting this award,” said DAVIES, who’s wrapping up his third season with the Wolves. “I know how much this means to the organization and there are so many other guys who do great community service. It’s a really big honor and it’s great to be thought of that way, of someone who deserves this recognition. I’m thrilled.”

Since joining the Wolves in 2010, DAVIES has devoted his community time to efforts that benefit Chicago-area youth. He has played a primary role in the Read to Succeed program that works with multiple libraries and thousands of children each year. He also has been the first to volunteer to visit children’s hospitals.

“Mike has this zest for life,” said Courtney Mahoney, the Wolves senior vice president of operations. “It’s so reminiscent of Dan Snyder and that’s why he’s perfect to receive this honor. It’s more than just the community involvement. I can call Mike for anything and he’ll do it and he’s amazing. He’s a happy guy and he has such a love of the game that makes him a fantastic ambassador for our team.”

Previous Winners

2011-12 Darren Haydar


2010-11 Spencer Machacek

2009-10 Brett Sterling


2008-09 Jordan LaVallee



2007-08 Nathan Oystrick



2006-07 Brian Sipotz



2005-06 Karl Stewart



2004-05 Karl Stewart



2003-04 Kurtis Foster


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