The San Jose Barracuda are proud to announce that Troy Grosenick has been named the team's winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the San Jose community during the 2016-17 season.
Troy has embraced San Jose as his own and has continuously given his time back to the community. Aside from his breakout season on the ice, Troy has become one of the most popular players off the ice. Whether he is helping out with the Jr. Sharks, taking the time to talk to the fans at various events or visiting schools throughout San Clara County, Troy always brings a smile and a great attitude.
Troy's biggest contributions this season came after the Barracuda's participation in one of the San Jose Shark's biggest charitable events of the season. At the annual "Sharks and Strikes" charity bowling event, Troy befriended the staff from Cake4Kids, a nonprofit organization that bakes and delivers custom birthday cakes for underprivileged children around Northern California. In early December, Troy was sidelined with an injury that forced him to stay behind as the team traveled to San Antonio. During his rehab, Troy took time to assist Cake4Kids and a local bakery in decorating holiday themed cupcakes. Additionally, in order to ensure that every child feels special at least one day a year, Troy teamed up with Cake4Kids to bring children and their families to every Barracuda home game so they could celebrate their birthday in style. Along with four tickets to the game, each child and his or her family were invited to meet with Troy after the game.
Over the past two seasons with the with the Barracuda, Grosenick has participated in many community service projects, including Barracuda Math Class, youth hockey camps, fan-related events, hospital visits, Humane Society Silicon Valley involvement, and much more.
Grosenick is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL's 2016-17 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring 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 at a later date.
San Jose's Ryan Carpenter was named the 2015-16 winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for his involvement in the San Jose community and jump starting Hockey 101, a street hockey program that teaches kids of all ages the fundamentals of the game.