By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
The Winnipeg Jets announced their annual winners of their regular season year-end awards prior to their game versus the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at MTS Centre.
The first award of the night was the Manitoba Hydro Three Stars Award which was presented to Blake Wheeler. Wheeler has been recognized game-after-game for his solid play and highlight reel performances. He received the most ‘stars’ of any Winnipeg Jets player on home ice this season.
The second award of the evening was the Northwest Company Community Service Award which was presented to defenceman Mark Stuart for his commitment to our community through charitable involvement, school, hospital and community visits and other philanthropic endeavors. Stuart is actively involved in the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, the official charity of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. Specifically, he dedicates his time to the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy, a play-based program designed to increase school attendance as well as high school graduation rates in socially and economically challenged schools in Winnipeg.
Lastly, the Dan Snyder Memorial Award is awarded each year to the Winnipeg Jets player who embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition, so that his team and teammates might succeed. Dan Snyder was a member of the Atlanta Thrashers who passed away tragically in 2003. Snyder played 49 games with the Thrashers for 23 career points (11G, 12A) and 39 penalty minutes. General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was on hand to present Bryan Little with the award.
— with files from the Winnipeg Jets