This week, Adam Kaufman wrote a fabulous piece on Worcester Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki, who was named the AHL's Man of the Year in 2012 for his outstanding community involvement and charitable contributions.
Petrecki's resume is impressive. He mentors children at several Boys and Girls Clubs in central Massachusetts. He speaks to thousands of students at school assemblies about the importance of reading. He helps organize the Sharks' annual toy drive, in which Worcester players donate thousands of dollars to purchase gifts for needy children over the holidays.
For Petrecki, being active in the community is something he truly enjoys:
“It’s not just going to a school, reading off a note card and getting out of there,” he continued. “It’s about really taking it and trying to evolve it and enjoy it while stressing the message, ‘This is what I believe in and I think this could help you guys.’ Obviously (the Man of the Year award) was a good honor but I’m just glad that ...