Hagel named Checkers 2016 Man of the Year

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Checkers announced today that Kyle Hagel has been named the team’s recipient of the IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year award for his contributions to the Charlotte community during the 2015-16 season.

The award marks the sixth time that Hagel has earned the nomination from his team, winning the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award last season.  Hagel has spent countless hours at more of the Checkers school and community appearances throughout the region than any of his teammates this season, and he recently implemented two reading programs at McClintock Middle School which have been successful this season.  Not only he continued his “Stick to Reading” program, in which he launched in six previous AHL markets that he played in, he also created a “Boys Book Club” program at the school, in which Checkers players met with a small group of students to introduce and later discuss a short novel.

Hagel has contributed more than 55 hours to community efforts in and around Charlotte during this 2015-16 season, and he is now a finalist for this year’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which recognizes the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.  The award was named in honor of Yanick Dupre, a former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star, who passed away in 1997 after a 16-month battle with leukemia.  The award winner will be announced by the AHL at a later date.

The Checkers are back home at Bojangles’ Coliseum this Friday to begin a six-game homestand to wrap up the home portion of the schedule.