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Calgary’s Dampy Brar is up for the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award

Co-founder of APNA Hockey, Dampy exemplifies community leadership at the grassroots level. Winner of the award is chosen by the public, so get your votes in!

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Willie O’Ree is the NHL’s Diversity Ambassador, and the award named after him is given to an individual who uses hockey as a platform to do good in their community.
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Dampy Brar began playing hockey at the age of 5, in the small mining town of Sparwood, British Columbia where he was born. At 16 he started playing junior hockey; playing two years at the Junior A level in Fernie, BC. From there he went on to play college hockey in Edmonton, before playing professionally in the WCHL, as well as in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Las Vegas Thunder.

Dampy has also represented Team India in ball hockey; 5 tournaments where he’s been the Captain and lead organizer in the program.

“We take the best Indo-Canadian players across Canada .. and play in the international ball hockey championships. That gives a lot of motivation for the youth who don’t play ice hockey. That’s a big part of the journey we’re taking the kids on.

Apna Hockey is the first South Asian hockey network across the world where we showcase our players that are playing in prominent levels, such as pro hockey, university hockey, and junior hockey. We showcase both males and females.

We are also trying to be a support system and a mentor system with our youth and any families that need any help with hockey or hockey related questions. We are there to be a support system to them.”

More about Dampy, and why he deserves to be recognized for his work in building a hockey community that promotes diversity and inclusion:

You can vote every day, up until July 24th before midnight. CAST YOUR VOTE HERE.

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