Goers Named Monsters Man of the Year

The Lake Erie Monsters are proud to announce that defenseman Barry Goers has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Cleveland community during the 2012-13 season.

Consistently one of the first on the team to volunteer for such opportunities, Goers has done the most community appearances on the team this season, some of which included:

  • Holiday Party at Halloran Park: Goers and a handful of other Monsters players joined several Cavs players in hosting a holiday party for the youth hockey players at Halloran Park, a recreation center in the inner-city of Cleveland. Goers skated with the kids, decorated cookies and handed out gifts.
  • Noodle Hockey: Goers and a few teammates took on a ‘team’ at a senior citizen home in ‘noodle hockey,’ which features pool noodles for sticks, a beach ball for a puck and walkers as goals.
  • Build a Monster with a Monster: Goers hung out with local kids at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where he and a few teammates built their own “monsters” out of play-do while seeing the exhibits at the museum.

In addition to taking part in community appearances throughout the year, Goers initiated a service program that the Monsters organization has taken on. Goers asked the Monsters to help contribute to the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program, which recycles old phones to be used for active duty military to call home while deployed. The organization promoted the cause and collected phones at home games during the month of March.

Goers is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2012-13 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League on Apr. 18.