Aidan Fulp was named the 2019-20 recipient of the Curt Hammer Award. The award is given annually to the player that distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination. The award is given in memory of the late Curt Hammer, who was a dedicated volunteer and supporter of hockey in the Des Moines community, even while battling cancer.
“Aiden being recognized by the USHL for his efforts in the community speaks to his development and maturity level, and ultimately what he values- what he’s all about,” said head coach Oliver David. “As our captain, he led us daily around the rink, but perhaps more importantly, he set an example for us all with his actions away from the rink. He truly is a role model to his peers. We will miss him around here.”
Fulp has an outstanding track-record of off the ice service, participating in countless events with the Fighting Saints during his three seasons with the team. Fulp has been a big part in the “Live like a Saint” program where the Saints travel to schools to teach students about character values. He also volunteered at the Dubuque Special Olympics, Hills and Dales (a human service organization), the Hawkeye Care Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque and also the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association.
“It is a huge honor to be a Curt Hammer award winner,” said Fulp. “I would like to thank the whole Dubuque community for being so hospitable and friendly. I owe another huge thank you to my teammates and all of the staff in Dubuque. Throughout the ranks of the organization, we had a spectacular culture that we built on a basis of pushing each other to get better every day. None of this would have been possible without the Dubuque community and the Fighting Saints organization. Thank you!”
Fulp continued a string of firsts when it comes to awards this season for Dubuque. He is the first Fighting Saint to win the award since its inception in 1988-89.
“Aidan was our captain on the ice, and a true leader in our organization’s volunteer works and efforts in the community,” said Saints GM Kalle Larsson. “We take great pride in our community work, and are proud that Aidan has been recognized with the Curt Hammer Award.”
Fulps leadership also extended to the ice as well and he was honored with the captaincy for the duration of the 2019-20 season. In his three seasons with Dubuque, he racked up over 130 games played, placing him 9th all-time in the Saints Tier-1 era.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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