June 17, 2024

2024 Dayna Brons Honorary Award Nominees

Hockey Gives Blood is proud to present the 2024 Dayna Brons Honorary Award Nominees

Brayden Schmitt

Cape Breton Eagles - QMJHL

Brayden Schmitt of the Cape Breton Eagles continues to be an inspiration and advocate for Canada’s blood system as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador. Since joining the program in 2021 Brayden has made a concerted effort to give back and re-pay the gratitude of past blood donors who gave the gift of time before losing his dad to cancer in January of 2015.

By being at the forefront of new donor recruitment is Brayden’s passion away from the rink and speaks volumes of his character. His genuine nature and leadership has seen him donate blood on multiple occasions, encourage his teammates to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and consistently share the importance of Canada’s Lifeline on social media. 

While Brayden is undoubtedly a top defender in the QMJHL he is also a role model that demonstrates his altruism through his selflessness and humility.

Congratulations Brayden on being nominated for the Dayna Brons Honorary Award.

Nico Laforge

Saint John Sea Dog’s - QMJHL

Nico Laforge of the Saint John Sea Dogs has consistently used his leadership to go above and beyond in support of Canadian Blood Services. Through his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador Nico has done much more than just inspire his teammates to donate blood and join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry. 

He has taken an active role in the community for the pasts three seasons to promote donor events in Saint John, share stories of patients in need, meet milestone donors and participate with Hockey Gives Blood videos. These efforts have been aided through the confidence to work directly with his team and his willingness to share on social media. 

As a veteran leader in the QMJHL Nico has been using his platform in a positive way for the betterment of those around him. His actions of selflessness and humility are reflective of Dayna Brons and has led to an increase in Player Ambassador activity in the Maritimes. 

Congratulations Nico on being nominated for the Dayna Brons Honorary Award.

Donovan McCoy

Sudbury Wolves - OHL

Over the past three seasons Donovan has distinguished himself in the Hockey Gives Blood player ambassador program in support of Canadian Blood Services. Through his exceptional leadership, actions, and unwavering commitment to serving others, he has made a meaningful impact for patients who rely on blood and blood products from Canada’s Lifeline. Donovan played a pivotal role in organizing the largest player-led team blood drive and stem cell recruitment event ever seen in the CHL as a member of the Peterborough Petes.

Donovan's commitment extended further to the Memorial Cup in 2023 where he volunteered on his day off to engage with fans and advocate for the importance of blood donation. The following season and upon being traded to the Sudbury Wolves in January of 2024 Donovan continued his involvement again by promoting the need for plasma donation alongside his teammates.

These significant gesture epitomized his selflessness and authentically mirrored the character and values exemplified by Dayna Brons.

Congratulations Donovan on being nominated for the Dayna Brons Honorary Award.

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