April 30, 2018 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The United States Hockey League announced today that Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Marc McLaughlin has been named the 2018 recipient of the USHL Curt Hammer Award.
McLaughlin is the second straight RoughRider to receive the Curt Hammer Award, joining Riese Zmolek, who shared the 2017 Curt Hammer Award with former Bloomington Thunder goaltender Logan Halladay.
McLaughlin, a native of North Billerica, MA, is in his second year with Cedar Rapids and was named captain by the team earlier this season. He recorded 20 points (10G, 10A) in 21 games in his limited time on the ice due to injury. McLaughlin is committed to Boston College.
"Marc's leadership shined even more. Marc was present at every game, practice, weightlifting session and team community service event. He also took part individually or with teammates in various community service events each week, despite the injuries,” said RoughRider Head Coach and General Manager Mark Carlson.
McLaughlin, who played a season with last year’s winner, Riese Zmolek had this to say about his experience in the community with the RoughRiders, “Thank you to everyone who made these past two years such a special experience. I am humbled and honored to have received such a meaningful award. I loved being able to be a part of the community in Cedar Rapids and I was more than happy to do my best to give back to the community that showed such passion and support for our Roughriders team. I am so fortune to have been a member of the Roughriders organization and the USHL. I will forever embrace my time in Cedar Rapids. Once a Rider always a Rider!”
"As Community Service Director, I don’t think there is any other person that could better represent the RoughRiders or the USHL," added Tammy Carlson Director of Community Service for the RoughRiders. "A person with his genuine character does not come around very often. I am a better person for having worked alongside Marc McLaughlin."
McLaughlin not only joined his teammates in their volunteer efforts, he was also instrumental in the development of many of the projects, including taking the reins in helping the team raise funds for the families of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team by coordinating the players into shifts at the local Culver’s restaurants that agreed to donate 10% of the sales while the team was there to the cause. In one evening, they were able to raise over $3000 for the Broncos.
Marc led the team through example, especially when it came to community service. He was always willing to do whatever it took to make Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area a better place to live, and took a great deal of pride representing the RoughRiders in the Corridor. He and his teammates volunteered regularly with the Special Olympics athletes, assisted local veterans weekly at the Freedom Foundation, mentored students at local elementary schools and spoke on behalf of the team when they delivered cookies to the local police and firefighters as a thank you from the RoughRider’s Booster Club. His passion for serving the community inspired him to take a part time job at a local non-profit daycare two days a week as well.
"There have been very few individuals during my 19 years in Cedar Rapids that have shown such consistent leadership on a daily basis," said RoughRiders head coach and general manager Mark Carlson. "Marc persevered through his injuries to provide passionate leadership to his team every day, even though he couldn’t play.” His presence was felt in the dressing room, on the ice, on the bus and in the Cedar Rapids community at all times. Marc personified what it meant to be a captain, to lead and to inspire."