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Detroit's Jason McCrimmon a finalist for Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award

By MAHA, 04/04/23, 4:45PM EDT


Congratulations to Detroit's own Jason McCrimmon on being named one of three finalists for the 2023 Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award™ in the United States!

The 2023 Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award is given to an individual (one in the United States, one in Canada) who - through the sport of hockey - has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society.

In addition to a judging panel, with weighted votes from Willie O'Ree and the NHL, a public fan vote will also help determine the U.S. winner. Fan voting (13 years of age and older) is now open until April 16 at 1 p.m. ET at Residents in the U.S. may only vote for any finalist in the U.S. and residents in Canada may only vote for any finalist in Canada. There is a limit of one vote per person per day, and votes are subject to verification at any time.

About Jason McCrimmon:

Jason McCrimmon (Detroit, Michigan) is the President and Founder of Detroit Ice Dreams Youth Hockey Association, a nonprofit youth hockey organization that minimizes the barriers that prevent underrepresented communities from access to ice hockey. In addition to on-ice programming, McCrimmon gives back through turkey giveaways, care packages for the homeless, adopt a family for Christmas, and provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need. McCrimmon is also the Associate Head Coach, GM, and Owner of the USPHL's Motor City Gamblers Junior A team. Motor City has sent numerous players to the collegiate level to further their career on and off the ice. As a retired player, Jason has played and excelled at every level, including amateur, collegiate, professional, and as a coach (2014 MWJHL coach of the year). He is also part of the NHLCA BIPOC Coaches Program as the Detroit Red Wings Youth Ambassador. Watch a video about McCrimmon's community impact here.