the legacy of
Dan Snyder
The Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarship opportunities to young athletes, to assist in the pursuit of their goals. In recent years, the Foundation fully supported the fundraising efforts for the Woolwich Memorial Recreation Centre, opened in Dan's hometown of Elmira Ontario in 2009. Today, the Foundation sponsors local athletic events, sports camps, and sports teams in an effort to honour Dan's memory and to help build and foster an active community.

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Now Accepting 2019 Scholarship Applications

Deadline to apply is June 17, 2019The Dan Snyder Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2019 scholarships. As in past years there will be one recipient from each of the following three categories: “Elmira Sugar Kings”, “Woolwich Minor Hockey” and “Woolwich Community at Large”. In October 2003, local hockey hero Dan Snyder succumbed to injuries as a result of a car crash in Atlanta, Georgia. In Dan’s memory, funds were raised by the NHLPA and other donors and in 2004 the Dan Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund was born.

We are currently soliciting nominations of candidates who are residents of the Township of Woolwich who display Dan’s characteristics of determination, desire, good sportsmanship and community involvement. All successful candidates must be enrolled in a qualified accredited post secondary institution and funds are deposited directly to the school the recipient will attend that fall, under the direction of the K-W Community Foundation. Deadline to apply is June 17, 2019.

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Congratulations to the Recipients!

2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

Savannah Campbell, Tyler Townsend, and Jonathan Reinhart are the 2017 Award Winners[Photo courtesy of Faisal Ali / The Observer] Recognizing their achievements both on and off field and ice, the award granted each recipient $1,600 for the new year at their post-secondary schools of choice. Read all about the award recipients in this Woolwich Observer article:

Congratulations to the Recipients!

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

Cassandra Tuffnail, Tyler Moser, Zac Coulter and Rob Kohli are the 2016 Award Winners[Photo courtesy of Whitney Neilson / The Observer] After 13 years of awarding the Dan Snyder Scholarships, the quality of the applications in 2016 was unparalleled. Read all about the selection process in this Woolwich Observer article:

October 5th – Remember Dan With a Smile

October 5th marks 10 year anniversary of Dan's passingSome people come into our lives and make it so much better. Dan was one of those people. On October 5th, the tenth anniversay of his passing, please remember Dan with a smile, a fond memory, or a good laugh. Dan is missed every day by his friends, his family, his former teammates, and his community. Dan will forever be in all of our hearts.

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2013 Scholarships Presented

Trina Crawford, Brady Campbell and Eric Hanley are the 2013 Scholarship WinnersOn August 21st, LuAnn and Graham Snyder presented former Sugar Kings right-winger Eric Hanley and Woolwich ringette’s Trina Crawford with Dan Snyder Memorial Scholarships. Brady Campbell received his award earlier in the summer before he headed to U of Maine on a hockey scholarship. All three athletes display the values of perseverance, dedication, and hard work that are required to win the award.

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Banner Raised for 2001 Solar Bears Champions

It took 12 years, but the championship banner was finally raised. A few years before Dan was called up to play in the NHL, he was a key part of the 2000-01 IHL Turner Cup championship team. The Solar Bears claimed the Turner Cup by beating the reigning champion Chicago Wolves, but the celebrations came to an abrupt halt when the IHL folded shortly thereafter. The championship banner would have to wait 12 full years before the ECHL Solar Bears finally hoisted it to the rafters at the Amway Centre in Florida on February 2, 2013.

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2012 Scholarship Winners Announced

Two outstanding local athletes receive scholarships for fall studiesLuAnn and Graham Snyder presented former Sugar Kings forward Andrew Smith and St. Clements ringette’s Samantha Nosal with Dan Snyder Memorial Scholarships in early August. A former player with the Sugar Kings for four years, and a member of the Canadian Junior ringette team, Smith and Nosal were clearly deserving of the awards.

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Dan's Memory Lives on in Winnipeg

Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy presented on April 7th, 2012After the conclusion of their final home game on April 7th, the Winnipeg Jets continued a very important part of Atlanta Thrasher history. The Dan Snyder Memorial trophy was presented to defenceman Mark Stuart, a player "who best embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition so that his teammates might succeed." The Snyder family was pleased to attend the presentation in honour of their son's memory, and is grateful to the Jet's organization for their continued support of this important tradition.

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Memorial Cabinet Complete in the WMC

The rink that bears his name now houses a memorial cabinet dedicated to Dan SnyderAlthough the main ice pad in the Woolwich Memorial Centre bears Dan Snyder's name, the Snyder family wanted to give the community a chance to learn more about Dan. The Snyder family commissioned a craftsman to create a very special memorial cabinet for public access on the second level of the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena. The cabinet provides a lasting acknowledgement of the many individuals, teams and businesses who supported the WMC fundraising drive.

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Sponsors Woolwich Minor Hockey Academy

A variety of training aides help player conditioning on and off the ice In late August, the Woolwich Hockey Academy offered two weeks of summer camp designed to get young players ready for the fall hockey season. The Academy offered both on-ice and off-sessions each day, and 37 Rising Stars was pleased to sponsor all training aides used on the ice and off, with the agreement that the aides would be donated to Woolwich Minor Hockey at the close of the camp, for use by all WMHA coaches.

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2011 Scholarship Winners

Three deserving recipients were presented with a Dan Snyder Memorial Scholarship Each year, the Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation awards local athletes with a financial grant toward their post-secondary studies starting in the fall. For 2011, one award was granted in the "Sugar King" category, and two awards were given in the "Woolwich Community" open category.

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Midget Boys Qualify for Championship

Elmira 37's midget boys softball team qualified for the home the Eastern Canada ChampionshipWhen the Elmira 37's Midget boys softball team qualified for the Eastern Canadian Championship for the first time ever, they need financial aid to make the trip. With a very short amount of time to raise funds, the team turned to 37 Rising Stars for help. After all, the Dan Snyder Memorial Fund exists to assist young athletes achieve their goals and dreams.

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