2007 Recipients: Harry Sinden, Warren Berke, David Hughes

Harry Sinden, Senior Advisor to the owner – Boston Bruins Former President, General Manager and Coach

There are few, if any men in the annals of hockey that have had the impact, influence and identity with a single franchise that Harry Sinden has had with the Boston Bruins. Beginning with the Bruins as a minor league player/coach at Kingston, Ontario in 1961, Harry rose through the ranks of the organization making stops in Minneapolis and Oklahoma City before his promotion to Boston to take the reins of the parent club in 1966. Sinden’s ascent to the Bruins bench coincided with the arrival of another rookie—an 18-year-old defenseman named Bobby Orr. In May 1970, Harry, Bobby and the most popular Bruins team ever, captured their first Stanley Cup in 28 years.

After leaving hockey to enter private business after the cup-winning season, Sinden was appointed coach of Team Canada, for the historic Canada – Russia hockey summit meeting in September 1972. Harry guided Team Canada to their historic comeback triumph in the series, with a dramatic overtime victory over the Russians in Moscow. Sinden then returned to Boston, in October 1972 to become the Bruins general manager. Over the past 34 years, Harry has served the Bruins as coach, general manager and president, and is currently senior advisor to owner. Harry has garnered a multitude of executive and administrative awards over the past three and a half decades, including hockey’s highest honor: induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in September 1983.

Warren Berke, Founder – Ace Bailey Foundation Got Skills Competitions, Commissioner of Long Island Amateur Hockey, and Vice President, Eastern Zone Amateur Hockey

Warren Berke has devoted his life to building bridges in the community through the game of hockey. He is currently commissioner of Long Island Amateur Hockey, President of Boys and Girls Youth Ice Hockey (New York City), President of the New York City Cyclones program, and Vice President of N.Y.Eastern Zone Amateur Hockey; the third largest district in all USA hockey. It’s a testament to Mr. Berke’s philanthropic spirit that he still manages to take the initiative with other endeavors such as the Ace Bailey Got Skills Competition, which he founded and operates. As president of RDW Sports Marketing, a grass roots community outreach organization, Warren has been a positive influence on tens of thousands of hockey playing children and has been a very active supporter of the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation.

David Hughes, President of Lynnfield Youth Hockey and Outstanding Advocate of North Shore Youth Hockey

David Hughes has spent countless hours in the pursuit of making youth hockey available to kids through both coaching and fundraising. As President of Lynnfield Youth Hockey for the past 2 years, Dave has been instrumental in making youth hockey more affordable for families by helping to develop a league with three neighboring towns in order to share resources. David has a well-earned reputation as a tireless volunteer and organizer of community causes. After the terrible events of 9/11 he was instrumental in raising over $55,000 to establish scholarships in Mark Bavis’ name at Catholic Memorial High School. With this award we recognize his work for the Mark Bavis Foundation, alsong with his considerable efforts on behalf of the Ace Bailey Foundation and Youth Hockey.