Among the list of 11 nominees for the 2013 Hockey Humanitarian Award, three women’s hockey players were included.
Megan Bozek of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Cobina Delaney with the Robert Morris Colonials and Alyssa Zupon from the Yale Bulldogs are looking to win the prestigious honor.
Last year’s winner was Aleca Hughes, team captain of the Yale Bulldogs women's squad.
The Award helps to recognize hockey players from any division of play for their efforts in giving back to their communities. Although the award brings a degree of prestige and honor with it, the true winners are the lives that these three amazing women have positively impacted.
Cobina Delaney is the second Colonials player in three years to earn a nomination. In 2011, Colonials captain Whitney Pappas was named a finalist. Delaney has volunteered in both the United States and her native Canada. Some of the causes she has contributed to include the Special Olympics, the Ontario March of Dimes and Skate for the Cure.
With USA Hockey, she has volunteered as an instructor for their 'Put the Biscuit in the Net' Program, along with donating her time for the Team Pittsburgh Girls Hockey Organization. Delaney has also worked on the Robert Morris campus to organize numerous school events.
Delaney helped to organize the school’s involvement in the fundraiser, Walk to Cure Diabetes. In addition, she represents the Colonials women’s team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Colonial Leadership Academy.
Alyssa Zupon is looking to become the second player from Yale in as many years to win the award. She inherited the team captaincy from Aleca Hughes, and has been just as assiduous as Hughes in her contributions to the community. One of her initiatives included the charity "Hope for Tomorrow", which provides earthquake and tsunami relief for victims in Japan.
With aspirations to attend medical school, Zupon has attempted to bring the Yale athletic community closer to helping patients with serious illnesses. In helping to create the "Bulldog PAWS" (Pediatric Alliance with Student-Athletes) program, patients are paired with Yale sporting teams as a form of emotional support.
During the off-season, Zupon also gives back to the community with various causes. She has served as a counselor at a camp for children with cancer and blood diseases. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is based in New York. Zupon has also volunteered her time to causes such as Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.
Another team captain, Megan Bozek is the third women’s player to receive a nomination. While the senior is part of a Golden Gophers team that currently stands at 24-0-0, she is also known as a tireless volunteer.
The Illinois native has volunteered for causes such as "Feed My Starving Children" (a non-profit Christian organization which ships meals to malnourished children). Along with fellow Golden Gophers teammates, Bozek helped package meals that were sent to hurricane victims in Haiti.
Through the "M.A.G.I.C." (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) program at the University of Minnesota, Bozek has also volunteered her time. Other volunteer activities that Bozek has contributed time to include reading to children at schools and the promotion of suicide prevention.
In addition, Bozek was involved with HopeKids, an organization that organizes activities for children suffering from cancer.
During her hockey playing career at Minnesota, she has logged more than 200 hours of community service in the hopes of improving others lives.