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23 March 2011

Wolves To Present Sifers With Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award

The Chicago Wolves will present defenseman Jaime Sifers with the 2011 Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award before the team battles the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Allstate Arena on Sat., March 26, at 7 p.m. The award recognizes the Wolves player who best typifies Breslin’s on-ice spirit and team-first attitude.

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The Chicago Wolves will present defenseman Jaime Sifers with the 2011 Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award before the team battles the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Allstate Arena on Sat., March 26, at 7 p.m. The award recognizes the Wolves player who best typifies Breslin’s on-ice spirit and team-first attitude.

Breslin, who was one of the first three players signed by the franchise, passed away on Feb. 9, 2005, due to complications from appendiceal cancer, which is a malignancy of the appendix. The Addison native and Driscoll Catholic High School graduate played five seasons with the team and was a member of the 1998 Turner Cup Championship squad. The Breslin family will be on hand to present SIFERS with the award.

“This is very well deserved. Jaime emulates what this award is about and what Tim Breslin was all about,” said Wolves General Manager Wendell Young, who was a teammate of Breslin’s on the 1998 Turner Cup championship team. “Jaime is a professional on and off the ice. He gives everything he has, whether it’s trying to kill a penalty or trying to make guys around him better. Guys like Tim and Jaime fly under the radar and don’t get recognized enough for their contributions to the team, but Jaime is a huge contributor to our team and understands what the Wolves are about. It’s nice that we have an award for guys like this to finally get the recognition they deserve.”

The 28-year-old defenseman was selected through fan voting on chicagowolves.com from a list of three candidates nominated by the Wolves coaching staff, which also included defenseman Mark Matheson and center Ryan Garbutt.

SIFERS, a graduate of the University of Vermont, served as an alternate captain during his first season with the Wolves this year. The Stratford, Conn., native ranks third on the team and first among Wolves defensemen with a +17 plus/minus rating, and has posted 19 points (3G, 16A) in 59 outings this year.

Past winners of the award include former players Matt Anderson (2010), Steve Martins (2009), Brian Sipotz (2008), Brian Fahey (2007), Kevin Doell (2006) and Tim Wedderburn (2005).

In addition, the Wolves will announce the winner of the Tim Breslin Memorial scholarship, awarded annually to a high school student. This year’s recipient is Mahomet, Ill., native Taylor Brady, an honor roll member and varsity football player at Mahomet-Seymour High School. The scholarship provides one semester of college.



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