Stoner named Aeros' man of the year

March 27, 2008 8:36:12 PM PDT
The Houston Aeros announced on Thursday that defensemen Clayton Stoner has been named the team's winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Houston community during the 2007-08 season.Stoner was selected to represent the Aeros as spokesman for Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc. He filmed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging youth to think before they text, a serious national issue. This PSA has aired not only at our home games but on local television and through the Houston Independent School District.

Last October, Stoner represented the Aeros at a United Way Kick-Off campaign by providing a special Houston Aeros gift and signing autographs for the staff following the event.

During the holiday season, the Aeros helped build more than 20,000 bicycles for underprivileged children.

On Jan. 12, the Aeros' Canadian Night game, Stoner spoke to over 400 children from Kipp Academy, a low-income private school in Houston, and told them all about Canada. On Feb. 20, Clayton led the pack, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, to honor U.S. veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans (NSTHV) which was established as an official VA program in 1978.

Stoner is now one of 29 finalists for the AHL's 2007-08 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall 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.

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