This year marks Gordon Kluzak’s ninth time at the podium as our emcee for Face Off for Ace. Gord has been extremely loyal to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and we are very grateful to him for being a key player in making the event a success over the years. Gord has also been associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for some twenty five years. He hosts an annual billiards tournament for C.F. as well as a golf tournament. He was recently the recipient of their Decades of Service Award for both his outstanding fundraising efforts on their behalf and the impact that his fundraising has made in substantially prolonging the lives the C.F. patients.
Gord Kluzak played defense for the Boston Bruins from 1982 to 1991 having been elected by the Bruins as the first player taken overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. In 1989-90 he was honored with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
Following his retirement from playing, Kluzak worked with Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, developing educational programs for NHL franchises and players. He graduated from Harvard University in 1994 with a degree in economics and served for two years as Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission before returning to Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in June of 1998.
From 1995 to the present he has worked with the New England Sports Network as Boston Bruins studio analyst. Along with the rest of NESN's Bruins broadcast team, Kluzak has been recognized with two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Play-by-Play coverage by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New England Chapter.
Gord currently works for Goldman Sachs & Company and also serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Massachusetts.
We are as honored to have Gord as the host of our Face Off for Ace fundraisers as we are pleased to be able to thank and honor him with our 2013 Ace Bailey Good Guy Award.
Jack Parker is a highly respected and much loved member of the Boston hockey community who has shown generosity and loyalty to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation since its inception. He was deeply personally affected by the tragic loss of Mark Bavis on 9/11 and stays close to his former player Travis Roy. Parker’s coaching has been been pivotal in the hockey careers of several other hockey personalities that have supported Face Off for Ace over the past ten years. Since 1976, 23 of his players have played in the Olympics beginning when Dick Lamby played for the 1976 U.S. Team in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1980 former Terriers Mike Eruzione, Dave Silk, Jack O’Callahan and Jim Craig were part of the U.S Olympic Hockey Team that won the gold medal. Another one of his players, and Ace Bailey Foundation supporter, Cleon Daskalakis, was selected to the ECAC All-Decade Team of the 1980’s.
Jack Parker, was born in Somerville, MA, graduated from Catholic Memorial High School and then went on to study at and play hockey for Boston University. Since being named B.U.'s tenth Head Coach on December 21, 1973, Parker has led the Terriers to a record of 871 wins, 452 losses and 113 ties. His 871 wins with B.U. are the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution. He has three NCAA titles, 21 Beanpots, 11 ECAC/Hockey East titles and 25 20-win seasons on his resume.
Parker has received many honors including the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy as the NCAA Coach of the Year three times. The first was in 1975 when he guided his first team to a 26-5-1 mark--it was the best major college record in the nation. He was also named Coach of the Year after guiding the 1977-78 team to a 30-2 record and the NCAA title. Recently, Parker was Coach of the Year in 2009 for leading the Terriers to the school’s 5th NCAA title. He has been named New England Coach of the Year seven times and Hockey East Coach of the Year five times. He received the B.U. Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992. Parker was inducted into the B.U. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 1995. He was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Boston University in 1997. In 2010 he was awarded the Lester Patrick award along with Dave Andrews, Cam Neely and Jerry York.
The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is truly honored to be able to add Coach Jack Parker to our list of Ace Bailey Good Guy Award recipients.
Since the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation was established in 2002, Dave Andrews has been an outstanding supporter and friend to the foundation. Although he holds a demanding position and has a very hectic schedule, he has never been too busy to lend support and advice. He is not only one of hockey’s most influential executives but also an extremely kind and generous man.
Under Andrews, the AHL has become the sole primary development league for all 30 National Hockey League organizations, and will be at an all-time high of 30 active teams in 2010-11. In 2001, he led one of the largest expansion efforts ever in professional sports, a complex enterprise of bringing nine new cities into the AHL. League attendance has climbed dramatically under Andrews’ leadership, more than doubling since 1994.
The league and its teams, in the regular season and in marquee events like the annual AHL All-Star Classic and the Calder Cup Playoffs, have been showcased to audiences worldwide during Andrews’ tenure on television networks like TSN, CBC and NHL Network, on satellite radio and on the Internet through live on-line video streaming. Andrews was instrumental in re-introducing the All-Star Classic in 1995 after a 35-year absence. This year the AHL celebrates its 75th Season.
In recognition of Andrews many accomplishments, he was named a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy, presented annually for contributions to hockey in the United States. He has also been honored with induction into the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2006.
Our recognition is significantly smaller, but it arises from the same recognition of Dave’s many attributes and accomplishments—and it comes from our hearts. Dave was very much admired by Ace and is held in the deepest esteem by Ace’s family. We are much honored that he has agreed to accept our 2011 Ace Bailey Good Guy Award.
John “Chief” Bucyk
It was John Bucyk who called us after Ace’s death and offered us a very generous gift from the Boston Bruins Alumni, to use in any way we wished, in memory of Ace. Thus began the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation.
John has been the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his long and very impressive career both for his playing skills and his charitable works. The Boston Bruins Alumni Association has honored John’s proclivity for helping others through the establishment of the “John P. Bucyk Award.” The award is given annually to the Boston Bruins player who, like John, contributes the most toward charitable and community work.
John was twice awarded the Lady Byng Trophy in 1971 and 1974. The trophy is awarded annually to the player who has “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." In 1977 he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy given for “outstanding service to the game of hockey in the United States.” Along with being a Hockey Hall of Famer, his list of records and accolades is long. He is one of the Bruins’ and hockey’s greatest ambassadors and he celebrated his 50th anniversary with the Bruins organization in 2006-07.
While the presentation of the Ace Bailey Good Guy Award to “Chief” represents a much humbler recognition, it comes not only from our long knowledge of John’s considerable charitable work, but also from our hearts. If Ace were here we know that he would feel the same.
Bob Sweeney, former Boston Bruin
Bob Sweeney was drafted out of Acton-Boxborough High by the Boston Bruins in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Bob went on to play four very successful years at Boston College where he gained All-New England and All-East honors and was named Most Valuable Player in the 1983 Beanpot Tournament. In 2003 he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation Bob made his debut with the Boston Bruins for the 1986-87 season. During his six seasons with Boston they went to the Stanley Cup Finals twice (1987-88, 1989-90). Sweeney went on to play with the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames before spending the 1996-97 season with the Quebec Rafales in the IHL. In 1997 he went oversees to play in the German Elite League until 2001 when he retired from play.
Who could have predicted that the paths of Bob’s and Ace’s families would cross on that terrible day of September 11, 2001? Bob’s brother Mike lost his wife, the brave Amy Madeline Sweeney, a flight attendant who perished on American Flight 11 after calling AA flight services to apprise them of what was occurring on the plane.
Since that time Bob has been active in the Amy Madeline Sweeney Foundation. In 2002 he became President of the Boston Bruins Alumni Association where he served until May 2007 when he was named Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Bob gives a great deal of his spare time to youth hockey and to assisting charities. He is coach and mentor to the North Andover Youth Hockey Association, helping to teach young players how to succeed both on and off the ice. He is currently active in organizing a Massachusetts “Cross-Ice” Tournament for kids six to seven years of age. Bob has been a wonderful friend to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation from its inception and has seldom missed appearing at our events. Add to all these activities his kind, sincere, unfailing and generous personality and you have without doubt a truly outstanding “Good Guy.”
Coach Jerry York, Men’s Hockey, Boston College
If we were to list all of Coach Jerry York’s accomplishments, championships, titles and awards her, we would have to add many pages to this program. Anyone interested in college hockey already knows of his vast accomplishments in his 36 seasons as a head coach and as college Hockey’s second all-time “winningest” coach. He is both a product of, and a gift to Boston College, having attended Boston College High School and then Boston College where he received a B.A. in business administration and a M.A. and CAES in counseling psychology. As a college student he played hockey for the B.C. Eagles, served as team captain and earned All-American, All-New England an MVP honors, culminating in his induction to the B.C. Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1982. College hockey can be thankful that as Jerry was about to pursue a career as a high school teacher and guidance counselor, Clarkson University offered him a job as assistant coach. A few years later, at the age of 26, he became the youngest college head coach in the nation. He spent seven years at Clarkson (1972-1979) and 15 years a Bowling Green (1979-1994), before coming back to Boston to coach the Eagles.
We are truly honored to present Coach York with the Ace Bailey Good Guy Award for his personal and coaching accomplishments, but mostly we give him this award for the hundreds of young hockey players he has mentored and helped so successfully along the way. We give it to him for his soft-spoken humble nature; for his insistence on the disciplined and decent behavior of his players, both on and off the ice; for his gift of genuine kindness; for his winning infectious smile and for the respect and consideration that he readily gives to one and all. We thank him for graciously accepting this award even though he’d rather not have the spotlight shined on him. Coach Jerry York is truly and thoroughly a “Good Guy.”
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.
Eddie Burns, Head Hockey Coach, Arlington High School
Coach Eddie Burns forged the most remarkable tenure of excellence in the annals of Massachusetts high school hockey. Taking over the Arlington program in 1947, Burns directed the fortunes of the hockey crazed Spy Ponders for an incredible half century, retiring in 1997. Along the way, Coach Burns positively impacted hundreds of young men that were fortunate enough to learn to play the game from a true hockey legend. Burns’ teams compiled a record of 695 wins, 167 losses and 62 ties – a gaudy .786 winning percentage. The list of titles captured during Burns’ reign at Arlington High School is a lengthy one, including: (1) New England, (5) State, (3) “E-Mass,” (13) GBL, (11) GBI, and (4) Suburban League. A member of both the Arlington High School and Boston College Halls of Fame, Coach Burns currently resides in Florida.
William J. “Bill” Cleary, former Harvard University Hockey Coach
Harvard Hockey and the extraordinary career of Bill Cleary were intertwined for 37 years as he moved from being a Crimson hockey player, to coach and finally athletic director. He’s known not only for his outstanding record and passion for the game of hockey but also for his legendary good humor, pranks and skill at his own brand of gibberish double-talk.
A Cambridge, MA native, Cleary played prep hockey at Belmont Hill before beginning an outstanding career at Harvard University, where he was named All-American in 1955. He secured his name as a college playing legend with his dramatic game-winning goal in the Crimson’s 1955 Beanpot final victory over Boston College. Both the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins wished to sign him while he was at Harvard, but he declined the offers to turn pro in order to play in the Olympics. He went on to capture a Silver Medal as a member of the 1956 US Olympic team. Four years later, in 1960 at Squaw Valley, California, Cleary led the American team in scoring, as the Red, White, and Blue upset the heavily favored Soviet Union to complete the first United States Gold Medal “Miracle on Ice.” He was named to the NCAA Ice Hockey 50th Anniversary team, chosen as the U.S. Hockey Player of the Decade (1956-1966), and inducted into both the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1996 he was selected as one of the “100 Golden Olympians” by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Cleary went on to coach hockey at Harvard for over twenty years, leading them to the NCAA National Championship in 1989. At Harvard he coached three Hobey Baker Award winners as well as many NHL stars. He was the driving force behind the structure of the ECAC Hockey League and a mentor to several successful college coaches. The Cleary Cup, named in his honor, is awarded to the ECAC’s regular-season champion.
After leaving coaching in 1990, Cleary became athletic director at Harvard, where he supervised a program comprising over forty varsity sports teams. He retired in 2000.
Over his long career that richly influenced the lives of so many college athletes, Bill Cleary has become known to all whose lives he touched as a truly “Good Guy.”
Tony Marmo, Founder, Massport Jets
Tony Marmo stands as a true pioneer in the sport of women’s hockey. In 1970, Marmo, an East Boston native, was the commissioner of youth hockey in his hometown at the Porazzo MDC rink. It was the height of the Boston Bruins popularity – a time and place in our local sports history that has been affectionately referred to as the “Orr Era”. Tony felt strongly about giving girls the opportunity to play ice hockey along with the boys. Marmo placed an ad in a local newspaper and greeted some 88 hopeful hockey-playing girls at the first organizational meeting. From this group the “Massport Jets” were formed, with the initial financial support of the Massport Authority and Boston Police Association. As women’s hockey grew, and the American Girls’ Hockey Association was formed, the Massport Jets established themselves as a dominant team, participating in tournaments throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A crowning achievement for Marmo’s club was a victory over three college programs at the First Invitational Women’s Hockey Tournament at Ithaca New York in March 1972. As a result of their success, Massport was crowned Northeast American Champions. The Jets’ record included an amazing 95-game unbeaten streak. Tony can now enjoy the increasingly popular women’s game at the youth, high school, college and Olympic levels.
Peter Marshall, Youth Hockey Coach
Peter Marshall’s hockey career has taken him full circle back to his hometown roots in Danvers, MA. Marshall progressed through the youth ranks to eventually captain the Danvers High Varsity. After a post-grad season at Avon Old Farms, Peter played for Boston University, where he enjoyed an outstanding four-year career. As team captain in his senior year, he was awarded MVP for a hat trick performance in the Terriers 1986 Hockey East Championship victory over Boston College. Peter’s leadership, defensive tenacity, and overall inspirational play resulted in his becoming the only Terrier skater ever to receive the Barnett McInnis Award for Team Spirit. After spending time coaching both at the high school and college level, Marshall has focused his attention for the past decade on the Danvers youth hockey program, devoting countless hours to coaching as well administrative and development responsibilities. Peter is a hockey man with a sincere passion for teaching the game in the proper way, while at the same time providing a fun, sportsmanlike environment. The young hockey players from Danvers are fortunate to have the benefit of Peter’s guidance.
D. Leo Monahan, Sportswriter
For three decades (1951-79) D. Leo Monahan covered the sport of ice hockey with distinction. His familiar by-line appeared in various Boston newspapers, and the Hockey News. A timeless reporter always committed to “getting the scoop,” Monahan took the lead by following the early career of a young crew-cut hockey player from Parry Sound, Ontario, named Bobby Orr, well before his arrival in Boston. Monahan received the supreme honor of his profession in 1986 – the Elmer Ferguson Award for “meritorious contributions” on behalf of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. Monahan currently lives in Belmont, MA.
Steve Nazro, TD Banknorth Garden
Steve Nazro developed an appreciation for ice hockey while growing up in Arlington, MA, and then as a student at Dartmouth College. As the longtime
Vice President of Events at the TD Banknorth Garden, Steve has been involved in various amateur hockey tournaments on Causeway Street, including the NCAA “Frozen Four,” Hockey East, and the annual Massachusetts State High School Championships. His most noteworthy hockey role is that of the Director of the Beanpot Hockey Tournament, college hockey’s annual mid-winter rite of passage, a position that Steve has cherished and treated as a “trust” for over three decades. Long may Mr. Nazro be there on the second Monday in February, to present the coveted Beanpot to a happy coach and his jubilant captain.