Incoming Merrimack goaltender Logan Halladay was the co-recipient of the USHL’s Curt Hammer Award for dedication to community service.
In his final season with the Thunder, Halladay (Merrimack College) organized a season-long campaign centered on his specialized goaltender mask to benefit the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Halladay raised $6,120 through the fundraiser to help with Down syndrome awareness and research.
Throughout his three years with the Thunder, Halladay also regularly volunteered at Wish Bone Canine Rescue Shelter in Bloomington. He was one of the few male volunteers at Wish Bone and spent time with dogs that normally did not receive as much attention, according to Wish Bone’s Andrea Cardinal.
“Logan is a great asset to our organization,” Cardinal said. “He is one of our few male volunteers and he loves to come in and socialize with our larger dogs, who often get the least amount of attention.
“Logan has such a great love of animals and we are so lucky that he chooses to spend his free time socializing our dogs while they wait for their forever home.”
Halladay also participated in various community events in his tenure with the Thunder, including reading at schools, taking part in the Thunder’s Recess Buddies program, and visiting senior care centers.
The Curt Hammer Award is presented once a season to a USHL player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride, and determination. The award is given in the memory of the late Curt Hammer, who was a dedicated volunteer and proponent of hockey in the city of Des Moines, Iowa, in addition to serving as the president of the Des Moines Buccaneers for three seasons (1984-87).