2012-13 TIM BRESLIN UNSUNG HERO AWARD WINNER
Chicago Wolves left wing Bill Sweatt received the 2013 Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award prior to the Wolves game against Milwaukee on Sunday at Allstate Arena. The award honors the Wolves player who best exemplifies Breslin’s on-ice spirit, team-first attitude, and community involvement.
Breslin, one of the first three players signed by the Wolves after the franchise was formed in 1994, passed away on Feb. 9, 2005, due to complications from appendiceal cancer. The Addison native and Driscoll Catholic High School graduate played five seasons for the Wolves and earned a ring on the 1998 Turner Cup Championship squad. Breslin’s family attended the on-ice ceremony for SWEATT.
“There are a lot of similarities between them,” said Wolves general manager WENDELL YOUNG, who was teammates with Breslin. “They’re both well-educated. Hockey-wise and community-wise, they’re the same way. When they come to the rink, they’re what coaches and general managers refer to as low-maintenance. Billy, like Tim did, plays as hard as he can with no complaints.”
SWEATT, a finalist for the honor last season, earned this year’s Breslin Award after fans went to ChicagoWolves.com and cast their votes for the three candidates nominated by the Wolves coaching staff: SWEATT, right wing Andrew Gordon, and defenseman Brad Hunt.
“I was pretty surprised,” SWEATT said. “It’s an honor to follow in the previous winners’ footsteps. It means a lot. Sometimes the hard work that you put in, you think it doesn’t go noticed. But it does and it’s a tremendous honor.”
The 24-year-old SWEATT, who grew up in Elburn, Ill., and starred for several Chicago-area youth hockey teams, ranks fourth on the Wolves this season with 12 goals and 26 points in 52 games. SWEATT joins Mark Matheson (2012) Jaime Sifers (2011), Matt Anderson (2010), Steve Martins (2009), Brian Sipotz (2008), Brian Fahey (2007), Kevin Doell (2006) and Tim Wedderburn (2005) on the list of Unsung Hero honorees.
2012-13 Tim Breslin Memorial Scholarship
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2012-13 Tim Breslin Memorial Scholarship Recipient
The 2012-13 recipient of the Tim Breslin Memorial scholarship, awarded annually to a high school senior, was Larkin High School student Andie Garcia (left). Garcia, an Elgin resident, defeated leukemia after being diagnosed at the age of 4. He plans to be a pre-med major and the Breslin scholarship provides one semester of tuition.
Previous Unsung Hero Award Winners
2012 - Mark Matheson
2011 - Jaime Sifers
2010 - Matt Anderson
2009 - Steve Martins
2008 - Brian Sipotz
2007 - Brian Fahey
2006 - Kevin Doell