Swanton’s Amanda Conger wins 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award

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St. Anselm School ladies’s hockey senior and Swanton native Amanda Conger has been named the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award recipient.

Conger is the 25th recipient of the respect, which was introduced Saturday afternoon. It’s given annually to faculty hockey’s most interesting citizen — a student-athlete who makes important contributions not solely to his or her staff, but in addition to the community-at-large by way of management in volunteerism, a information launch stated.

A former Missisquoi Union Valley Excessive College standout, Conger was nominated after donating certainly one of her kidneys to Barre’s Cameron Ouellette, who was diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney disease in spring 2019.

The harvesting and transplant procedures occurred in early June and each have made a full restoration. Conger had met Ouellette, a racecar driver at Thunder Street, by way of an internship expertise.

“I’m humbled that I used to be nominated, named a finalist and am now the recipient of this prestigious award, which has honored so many excellent pupil athletes,” Conger stated in a press release. “Whereas I’m exceptionally grateful to be the recipient of this award, it was utterly surprising,” stated Conger. “I can solely hope that the extra my story is shared, the extra consciousness it brings to the significance of organ donation. I’m lucky that is one other platform to do exactly that.”

It is the seond time in 4 years the respect has been given to a participant with Vermont ties. In 2017, St. Michael’s hockey gamers Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie had been the award’s first co-recipients.

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Conger has additionally volunteered her time with quite a few noteworthy causes, together with Staff IMPACT and Ladies with Energy Instruments. She additionally has labored with the School’s Assault & Violence Training & Reporting Staff (AVERT) and within the Harbor, an on-campus hub for prevention, schooling and consciousness of home and courting violence.

Returning for her senior season at St. Anselm’s this previous winter, Conger tallied three objectives and 10 assists in a career-high 32 video games. She performed in a program-record 116 video games over her 4 years and completed with 72 profession factors (31 objectives, 41 assists).

“I really imagine it’s Amanda’s outlook on life to profit from all her alternatives and never take life with no consideration,” St. Anselm coach Kerstin Matthews stated in the identical launch. “It takes a particular individual to be so selfless so as to add a bodily problem of this diploma proper earlier than her senior yr. It’s superb to see how this younger lady has touched so many lives — what’s extra, she doesn’t see it by way of what she has completed for them, however relatively what they’ve completed for her.”

The Hockey Humanitarian Award Basis may also current Conger with a verify for $2,500, which might be donated to Donate Life Vermont. 

The opposite 4 award finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award had been Devin Brosseau (Clarkson), Cal Burke (Notre Dame), Dakota Keene (UMass Boston) and Delaney Wolf (St. Mary’s).

For extra info, go to HockeyHumanitarian.org.

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