Denis Hamel, long-time Binghamton Senator, was awarded the Yannick Dupre Memorial Award as the AHL's Man of the Year, according to the Sharp on the Sens blog.
According to the AHL website, Hamel's off-ice exploits this season have included fundraisers like the Toys for Tots dinner, Spaghetti on Ice campaign for muscular dystrophy, the Magic Paintbrush Project, the Step for a Healthier New York program, a Face-Off Against Cancer, as well as visits to schools and hospitals. What a guy.
In the better part of four seasons with Binghamton, Hamel has played 299 games and accumulated 155 goals and 135 assists, good for 290 points. He's leading the B-Sens in scoring this season with 54 points (31G, 23A). He's the type of player you love to have in your organization, and he can't be anything but beneficial to be leading the charge in the Sens' training grounds.
And I'm not going to lie, I'm a little disappointed he's just on a one-way contract. Even though his NHL success has been limited, Hamel would be pretty valuable for the Sens considering the injury problems we've run into leading up to this playoff run.