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Zachary Fucale named IceCaps Man of the Year

The rookie goaltender was honoured with a community involvement award

St. John's IceCaps / Collin Peddle

The St. John's IceCaps announced on Thursday that Zachary Fucale has been named the team's Man of the Year, which recognizes an individual's contribution to his community. In a season where the reported off-ice exploits of professional hockey players were mainly negative, it is important to celebrate the ones who have proven to be positive roles models and a good citizen in their community.

This is the first year that the Montreal Canadiens have their affiliate in St. John's. Fucale joins a list of recent winners for the Habs farm team, back when they were the Hamilton Bulldogs, that includes Davis Drewiskie (2015), Morgan Ellis (2014), and Kyle Hagel (2013).

Fucale is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-2016 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honouring the overall AHL Man of the Year, which will be awarded later this month. The only Canadiens prospect to win this award was Duncan Milroy in 2005.

Fucale is nearing the completion of his rookie season, having played 39 games, earning 15 wins, and posting a 3.14 GAA and 0.901 SV%. He was briefly called up to the Montreal Canadiens earlier this season for three games, but did not see any game action.

Read the full IceCaps press release here.