Dick Jonckowski to receive Minute Men Courage Award for outstanding service to the community
Eden Prairie, Minn. - The Minnesota Minute Men Ltd. announced today that Dick Jonckowski will be the 2017 recipient of the Courage Award. The award will be presented to Jonckowski during a Roast and Toast Luncheon in his Honor at Jax Café, Friday, May 5th at Noon.
The Courage Award has been presented by the Minute Men since 1979 to individuals for their outstanding service to the community. Some past recipients of the Minute Men Courage Award include: Hubert Humphrey, John Mariucci, Doug Woog and Cal Stoll. In addition a Roast and Toast portion of the luncheon will include some of Jonckowski “closest friends” like Jim Carter, U or M Alum; Lester Bagley, Minnesota Vikings; Billy Robertson and more.
Dick Jonckowski, aka “the Polish Eagle,” has been one of the most sought after roasters and charitable event speakers and Master of Ceremonies in the mid-west for forty years. Jonckowski is the Voice of Minnesota Gopher Baseball and announces numerous High School Baseball and Basketball games around Minnesota. Jonckowski retired in 2017 as the voice of the Gopher Basketball, after thirty one years. In 2015 Jonckowski faced a life-threatening setback when diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is now cancer free.
The Luncheon is open to the public, tickets are available at www.minnesotaminutemen.com
About the Minnesota Minute Men
The Minute Men were organized in 1954 when the city, business, sports and civic leaders decided that in order to attract major league baseball, and football a stadium should be built in Bloomington, Minnesota. The purpose of the Minute Men is to assist and promote professional sports in the Twin Cities area, to sell tickets, advertise and promote special events and to honor and pay tribute to individuals or teams, who through professional achievement have brought unusual and significant publicity to themselves and the citizens of Minnesota. The broadened scope of the Minute Men activities includes amateur sports and charitable donations to other worthy organizations. The Minnesota Minute Men “Doing good will through Sports"
Eden Prairie forward Casey Mittelstadt has won the 2017 Mr. Hockey Award given to Minnesota's top senior skater. Mittelstadt tallied 23 goals and 49 assists in 30 games this season. He has committed to the Minnesota Gophers and is a projected first-round pick in the June NHL Draft.
The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2lRb85Y ) reports the other Mr. Hockey finalists were Matt Anderson of Holy Family, Noah Cates of Stillwater, Nick Leivermann of Eden Prairie, Ben Meyers of Delano, Micah Miller of Grand Rapids, Bauer Neudecker of St. Louis Park, Nick Perbix of Elk River and Hermantown teammates Dylan Samberg and Ryan Sandelin.
Hill-Murray's Jake Begley won the Frank Brimsek Award, given to the state's top senior goaltender. The other finalist was Hermantown's Cade McEwen.
As proud hosts and coordinators of the states Mr. Hockey, Mr. Baseball, Ms. Softball, Mr. and Ms. Lacrosse athletic awards, our mission to do to goodwill through sports is built on encouraging strong character, perseverance and athleticism throughout Minnesota’s youth sports organizations.
Our members also enjoy volunteering their time to host and coordinate humorous Roast & Toasts of Minnesota’s favorite sport figures to raise money for a variety of worthy charities.
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LEGENDARY BROADCASTER RAY CHRISTENSEN PASSES AWAY
Mr Hockey Award
The 32nd annual Minnesota Minute Men Mr. Hockey was presented to Blaine forward Riley Tufte at the St. Paul River Centre.
Tufte was chosen ahead of finalists Wyatt Aamodt (Hermantown), Chase Ellingson (Breck), Will Garin (Holy Family Catholic), Cade Gleekel (Benilde-St. Margaret’s), Michael Graham (Eden Prairie), Tyler Jette (Farmington), Mitchell Mattson (Grand Rapids), Luke Notermann (Blaine) and Casey Staum (Hill-Murray).
The selection was made by a committee of NHL scouts and junior hockey scouts and coaches plus media members.
Frank Brimsek Award
Additionally, Nick Althaus of St. Cloud Apollo was named the winner of the Frank Brimsek Award that goes to the state's top senior goaltender.
Cliff Thompson Award
John Bianchi received the Cliff Thompson presented to a past outstanding coach.
Thank you joining us at Minnesota Minute Men at the Roast and Toast Luncheon for former Minnesota Gophers head coach Jerry Kill, at Jax Café it was a great success with almost 200 in attendance. Including: Roasters and Toasters include, Jim Cater, Joel Maturi, Casey O'Brien, Ron Stolski, Dave Lee, Mike Max and Master of Ceremonies, Dick Jonckowski . Coach Kill and was also be presented the Minute Men Courage Award for his outstanding commitment to the community under personnel hardship. Money raised luncheon and memorabilia auction benefit Coach Kill's Chasing Dreams Epilepsy Fund and the Minute Men Amateur Athletics Foundation.
The Minnesota Minute Men "Doing Good Will Through Sports"
Congratulations to 2016 Mr. Hockey Award Winner, Riley Tufte, of Blaine H.S. Riley is currently playing for the University of Minnesota - Duluth and was taken in the first round draft in June by the Dallas Stars.
2016 Frank Brimsek Award Winner, Nick Althaus.
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