Hockey Gives Blood, an organization formed in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos crash, has announced that Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Braden Haché is the 2020-21 recipient of the Dayna Brons Honourary Award. The award was presented on Tuesday.
“Haché is being recognized as a leader in his efforts to raise awareness toward the important cause of blood and stem cell donation,” wrote Hockey Gives Blood in a press release. Hache received a $5,000 educational bursary courtesy of Canada Life.
Hache hails from Newmarket, Ont and organized his own virtual campaign encouraging stem cell donors between 17 and 35 to donate. Hache regards himself as an advocate for organ and tissue donation and is himself a blood donor and potential donor on Canada’s stem cell registry.
The Dayna Brons Honorary Award is an annual award that recognizes a member of Canada’s hockey community who is dedicated to giving blood and stem cell products.
Brons, the Humboldt Broncos’ athletic therapist, was one of 16 people killed when a bus crashed into a semi trailer in rural Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018. “Dayna was known for her humility, dedication and kindness and as a regular blood donor she made a meaningful impact in her community,” wrote Hockey Gives Blood.
Jacob Ingham, Former Kitchener Rangers goaltender, was the inaugural recipient of the award in June 2019.