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Jacob Saves & Woolley's Warriors


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


The 2020 Ontario Hockey League awards are being announced on a daily basis.

On Tuesday, Kitchener Rangers netminder Jacob Ingham was named as the winner of the Dan Snyder Memorial Award.

Named for former Owen Sound Plater captain, Dan Snyder, the award is presented annually to the OHL's Humanitarian of the Year.

Ingham, who was the backbone for a revitalized Rangers run on the ice this season, was also the backbone for the " Jacob Saves Campaign ", an initiative that generated in excess of $ 26,000 for Canadian Blood Services, funded by every save he made this year for the Kitchener club.

Ingham and Owen Sound Attack defender Mark Woolley were the frontrunners for the honor this year in my eyes.

Woolley created and developed " Woolley's Warriors " whose mission is to conquer diabetes with support and awareness for young athletes living every day with Type 1 diabetes.

I know, people expect me to go on a pro-Owen Sound tangent here or make this an Owen Sound versus Kitchener scenario, but I'm not about to do that, nor did I consider it for a second.

First, as mentioned, Jacob Ingham had a great season for Kitchener and if the league had an MVP Award he'd be my choice. The Dan Snyder Award illustrates Ingham is much more than a talented keeper.

Second, I always hold players who grant thoughtful and well spoken interviews to the visiting radio announcers in high regard. Truthfully, I seldom interview the opposition's goalie, but I encountered Jacob in the corridor at Kitchener one night this season and he was quickly and extremely accommodating.

And finally, Jacob Ingham, and Mark Woolley, are excellent examples of the type of player and person the award is named after; Dan Snyder who was all over Owen Sound for 4 years promoting the Platers, the league and supporting numerous charities and causes.

Is Mark Woolley upset at not winning the Dan Snyder Award ? ...I couldn't tell you. 

But I doubt Mark Woolley established " Woolley's Warriors " to win awards.

But rather, in his first full year in Owen Sound he brought heighten awareness and raised funds for D1 camps and campers, all the while playing at a very high level.

Congratulations to Jacob Ingham, the 2020 Dan Snyder Memorial Award winner.

To Mark Woolley, understand everyone in our city & region is exceptionally proud of your endeavour and quite possibly at this time next year there you'll find yourself at the OHL Awards ceremony.


I'm Fred Wallace


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