Ellis named bulldogs AHL Man of the Year

Darlene Shea
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‘Dogs second-year defenceman recognized for leadership in community involvement

HAMILTON, ONT. – The Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Morgan Ellis from Ellerslie, P.E.I., has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his contributions to the Hamilton community during the 2013-2014 season.

Morgan Ellis with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL team.

In the organization’s community outreach efforts and charitable work with the Bulldogs Foundation, Ellis is depended on heavily for community appearances such as school visits, public awareness campaigns and community skates. The Bulldogs administration note that, “During team events, the second-year defenceman can always be counted on to lead in the interaction with fans, children and those less fortunate in the community.”

In addition to his community involvement, Ellis is also one of two Bulldogs to have appeared as a regular guest on Hamilton’s Y108 Radio throughout the 2013-2014 season, taking the time to discuss all things Bulldogs.

“With a friendly demeanor and always-positive attitude, Ellis is a model citizen and a leader in terms of community outreach in the Bulldogs’ dressing room,” noted the announcement from the Bulldogs hockey club.

Ellis is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2013-2014 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honouring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League later this month.

The Bulldogs return for a home game at FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, April 12, when they will host the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) at 7 p.m.

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