Feb. 19, 2013
Feb. 19, 2013
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Former Air Force All-American hockey player Greg Flynn has been selected to present the Herb Brooks Award at the Minnesota State Boy's High School Tournament, March 9, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The prestigious award is given to the most qualified hockey player in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics and traits that defined Herb Brooks. The award, celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, commemorates the enduring influence Herb Brooks has on the sport of hockey in Minnesota and throughout the world.
Flynn, a 2009 Air Force Academy graduate, was a four-year letterman as a defenseman at the Air Force Academy and earned All-American honors in 2009. In 2008-09, Flynn was the top scoring defenseman in the nation with 1.02 points per game (7-35-42 in 41 games). He helped lead the Falcons to three Atlantic Hockey Association championships and three NCAA appearances in four years. In 2008-09, he helped lead the Falcons to the best season in school history. That season, Air Force set a new school record with 28 wins, won the AHA Tournament and earned its first NCAA win. At the NCAA East Regional, he assisted on both goals in the 2-0 win over third-ranked Michigan and earned all-tournament team honors. A first-team all-AHA selection in 2009, he was named the league's best defenseman and was also named to the AHA all-tournament team. Flynn was selected to compete in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and was named the Most Valuable Male Athlete.
Prior to his Air Force Academy career, Flynn was a standout defenseman for Minnesota's Centennial High School. He was the team captain of Centennial's 2004 State Championship team. At the state tournament, Flynn was one of the first four recipients of the Herb Brooks Award.
"I am very humbled to be asked to present the 10th Annual Herb Brooks Award," Flynn said. "It is a tremendous honor. Herb Brooks is a tremendous inspiration to all Minnesota hockey players, me included, and influences all of us far beyond our playing careers. I am truly grateful to be a small part of such an incredible legacy."
A Lino Lakes, Minn., native, Flynn was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force and was first stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., as a contracting specialist. While on active duty, he played for the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League. From August, 2011 to February, 2012, Flynn was deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan as a contracting office in support of the U.S. Central Command's Joint Theater Support Contracting Command. He is currently serving on active duty as a contracting officer at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. He has earned the Electronic System Center Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2010 and earned a Military Outstanding Volunteer Award for his work as a youth hockey coach with the Lowell Junior Riverhawks.
"Greg Flynn is a natural choice to present the Herb Brooks Award," Air Force head coach Frank Serratore said. "Not only was he the award's first recipient, but his post high school career is an inspiration to any high school athlete who aspires to follow a similar path. Greg's determination as both a student and athlete enabled him to become a college All-American, an Academy graduate and a professional athlete while at the same time serving his country. Any parent would be extremely proud of their child if they accomplished half the things Greg has been able to accomplish in his post high school career. I think it is safe to say the decision makers in Minnesota made a very good choice 10 years ago when they decided to name Greg Flynn as the recipient of the inaugural Herb Brooks Award"