After learning that their mother Gail Stewart was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (a cancer of the blood and bone marrow) in early 2022 the Stewart family rallied Atlantic Canada and beyond to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and donate blood. With the gripping news of their mother’s diagnosis Gail would need a stem cell transplant to save her life, along with countless blood transfusions.

Early on the prognosis was not good as no one in the family was a matching donor. In fact, only 25% of the time a family member will be a match.

During this difficult time Gail’s children, Zac, Leyton, Rhylah and Meryk along with her husband Dave took action to not only find a matching donor but to raise awareness and help others. Through this incredible movement the Stewart family along with many family and friends helped inspire approximately 2500 people between the ages of 17-35 to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry, a feat that not only gave hope to Gail but to almost 1000 patients in Canada currently searching for a matching stem cell donor.

Shortly after the launch of #JoinGailsFight a matching donor was found and Gail received a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor; a selfless stranger who understood that their time and decision to register could save someone’s life.

Today the family is still giving back as Leyton Stewart of the Quebec Remparts announced he is joining Hockey Gives Blood as a Player Ambassador to continue his advocacy in honour of his mom and those still searching for a match.

Welcome to the team Leyton.

To learn more about joining Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry please visit blood.ca/HGB

While Logan was scoring highlight reel goals and putting up points as captain of the Kamloops Blazers, he was also giving back to his hometown community. This past season, Logan committed many hours to his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador using his platform to make a positive contribution to Canadians. 

In a year which Canadian Blood Services was in an immediate need for blood, Logan helped in a big way with his essential efforts. These efforts included hosting a community blood drive, encouraging teammates to donate blood and surprising a minor hockey team who hosted a blood drive of their own. Additionally, Logan filmed videos in support of the ‘Be A Hero' stem cell campaign and raised over $41,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services during his Logan Stankoven Charity Night.

Logan’s genuine nature and overall kindness are equal to the competitiveness and determination he so well known for on the ice. His humility, sacrifice and selflessness are traits that that Dayna was also known for and ones that make him a role model for all. 

Congratulations Logan on being named the winner of the 2023 Dayna Brons Honorary Award.

As a forward with the St Francis Xavier University Women’s Hockey team Anna joined Hockey Gives Blood with a mission. After learning that someone in her community needed a stem cell transplant to save their life Anna stepped up to become a Player Ambassador. Anna took immediate action to inspire her teammates and community with several initiatives ranging from blood donation events to stem cell recruitment. Anna also established two HGB game nights and three separate fundraising campaigns that raised over $2700.

Anna became a valuable contributor and asset to Canadian Blood Services in the Atlantic Region. Her efforts and enthusiasm on a consistent basis were deeply appreciated and helped support the growing demand for new blood and stem cell donors locally and in Canada.

Anna’s kindness and humility were displayed consistently over this past season. Her relentless passion to help others without seeking recognition is a testament to her character and reflect the traits Cameron Bulger was known for. We are proud to announce her as the 2023 winner of the inaugural Cameron Bulger Memorial Award. 

Thank you and congratulations Anna!

While Logan was scoring highlight reel goals and putting up points as captain of the Kamloops Blazers, he was also giving back to his hometown community. This past season, Logan committed many hours to his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador using his platform to make a positive contribution to Canadians. 

In a year which Canadian Blood Services was in an immediate need for blood, Logan helped in a big way with his essential efforts. These efforts included hosting a community blood drive, encouraging teammates to donate blood and surprising a minor hockey team who hosted a blood drive of their own. Additionally, Logan filmed videos in support of the ‘Be A Hero' stem cell campaign and raised over $41,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services during his Logan Stankoven Charity Night.

Logan’s genuine nature and overall kindness are equal to the competitiveness and determination he so well known for on the ice. His humility, sacrifice and selflessness are traits that that Dayna was also known for and ones that make him a role model for all. 

Congratulations Logan on being named the winner of the 2023 Dayna Brons Honorary Award

Alex Pharand is doing more than just play for his hometown Sudbury Wolves, he is also making an impact as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador. At just 17 years old, Alex provides a tremendous example of dedication and passion that demonstrate his capacity as a leader. Alex was a steady contributor of Plasma this season, donating an astonishing 12 times. Plasma is a component of blood that can be used to provide life-saving medicines to patients across Canada. 

Aside from donating plasma on his own, Alex helped lead a team plasma donation event, inspired a handful of his teammates to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and appeared on an episode of Difference Makers with Sportsnet personality Sam Cosentino. During this Instagram Live episode Alex spoke passionately about his role as a player ambassador and articulated just how easy it is to save a life. 

Alex possesses many genuine qualities such as leadership, commitment, and dependability. Perhaps the one quality he shares most with Dayna Brons would be his unwavering selflessness. Thank you, Alex, and congratulations on your nomination. 

Lleyton Moore is the longest serving Player Ambassador to be nominated for the 2022-23 Dayna Brons Honorary Award. Spending most of his junior career with the Oshawa Generals Lleyton was traded to the Kitchener Rangers late in the 2022-23 season; adding offence to the Rangers blue line and helping the team advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs. 

Lleyton showed tremendous leadership at a young age, joining Hockey Gives Blood as a 17-year-old in the early days of the program. Leyton helped grow the program across the OHL through numerous blood and stem cell drives. During the off season, Lleyton would donate blood and consistently spread the message of the need for blood. This past season, Lleyton created a fundraising initiative that raised over $1000 in support of Canadian Blood Services.

Lleyton is a reliable and responsive ambassador that consistently demonstrates his selflessness and kindness;  traits that Dayna Brons was also known for.  Lleyton’s actions and contributions over this extended period have had a significant impact on patients in Canada and we are thrilled to announce him as nominee. Thank you, and congratulations Lleyton!

Nominee: Lleyton Moore

Lleyton Moore

Lleyton Moore is the longest serving Player Ambassador to be nominated for the 2022-23 Dayna Brons Honorary Award. Spending most of his junior career with the Oshawa Generals Lleyton was traded to the Kitchener Rangers late in the 2022-23 season; adding offence to the Rangers blue line and helping the team advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs. 

Lleyton showed tremendous leadership at a young age, joining Hockey Gives Blood as a 17-year-old in the early days of the program. Leyton helped grow the program across the OHL through numerous blood and stem cell drives. During the off season, Lleyton would donate blood and consistently spread the message of the need for blood. This past season, Lleyton created a fundraising initiative that raised over $1000 in support of Canadian Blood Services.

Lleyton is a reliable and responsive ambassador that consistently demonstrates his selflessness and kindness;  traits that Dayna Brons was also known for.  Lleyton’s actions and contributions over this extended period have had a significant impact on patients in Canada and we are thrilled to announce him as nominee. Thank you, and congratulations Lleyton!

Nominee: Alex Pharand

Alex Pharand

Alex Pharand is doing more than just play for his hometown Sudbury Wolves, he is also making an impact as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador. At just 17 years old, Alex provides a tremendous example of dedication and passion that demonstrate his capacity as a leader. Alex was a steady contributor of Plasma this season, donating an astonishing 12 times. Plasma is a component of blood that can be used to provide life-saving medicines to patients across Canada. 

Aside from donating plasma on his own, Alex helped lead a team plasma donation event, inspired a handful of his teammates to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and appeared on an episode of Difference Makers with Sportsnet personality Sam Cosentino. During this Instagram Live episode Alex spoke passionately about his role as a player ambassador and articulated just how easy it is to save a life. 

Alex possesses many genuine qualities such as leadership, commitment, and dependability. Perhaps the one quality he shares most with Dayna Brons would be his unwavering selflessness. Thank you, Alex, and congratulations on your nomination. 

Nominee: Logan Stankoven

Logan Stankoven

While Logan was scoring highlight reel goals and putting up points as captain of the Kamloops Blazers, he was also giving back to his hometown community. This past season, Logan committed many hours to his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador using his platform to make a positive contribution to Canadians. 

In a year which Canadian Blood Services was in an immediate need for blood, Logan helped in a big way with his essential efforts. These efforts included hosting a community blood drive, encouraging teammates to donate blood and surprising a minor hockey team who hosted a blood drive of their own. Additionally, Logan filmed videos in support of the ‘Be A Hero' stem cell campaign and raised over $41,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services during his Logan Stankoven Charity Night.

Logan’s genuine nature and overall kindness are equal to the competitiveness and determination he so well known for on the ice. His humility, sacrifice and selflessness are traits that that Dayna was also known for and ones that make him a role model for all. 

Thank you and congratulations Logan!

In her first year as a Player Ambassador Sophie Lalor exceeded all expectations with her ambition and commitment to saving lives. Sophie showed tremendous initiative this year and navigated logistical adversity with optimism and determination. Never flustered or deterred Sophie managed to host the largest blood drive last season by a single player ambassador. Sophie spearheaded a stem cell event with unwavering dedication and adaptability as she ended up having to navigate logistical challenges and sacrificed her own time and energy to see the event to completion.

Her never give up attitude and attention to detail are just a few samples of her commitment to Canada’s Lifeline. Sophie’s reliability and passion proved to be a tremendous asset to Canadian Blood Services both locally in Saskatoon and on campus.

Sophie is a natural leader who is respected amongst her peers by consistently demonstrating her generosity and humility, traits that Cameron Bulger was remembered for.  

We are proud to announce this University of Saskatchewan Huskie as a nominee for the inaugural Cameron Bulger Memorial Award. 

Thank you, and congratulations Sophie!

As a goaltender with the Trinity Western University Spartans Isaac Labelle continued to make meaningful saves that have had an immense impact on patients in Canada. His selfless demeanor and commitment to Canada’s Lifeline was evident through the many initiatives he spearheaded last season including multiple blood drives, stem cell events and a game night he helped plan and coordinate. Isaac has a unique ability to rally those around him to contribute to a cause he is so passionate about. 

For two years, Isaac has been a key contributor to donor recruitment in the West and has been a valuable source of support locally for Canadian Blood Services Community Development Managers. His ability to work independently, and within in a team, has allowed for great success in the events he spearheads. 

Isaac’s leadership, organization, and responsiveness are tremendous assets to the HGB team. His commitment, selflessness and dedication are traits that make him an asset to society.

Thank you Isaac, and congratulations on your nomination for the inaugural Cameron Bulger Memorial Award.

As a forward with the St Francis Xavier University Women’s Hockey team Anna joined Hockey Gives Blood with a mission. After learning that someone in her community needed a stem cell transplant to save their life Anna stepped up to become a Player Ambassador. Anna took immediate action to inspire her teammates and community with several initiatives ranging from blood donation events to stem cell recruitment. Anna also established two HGB game nights and three separate fundraising campaigns that raised over $2700.

Anna became a valuable contributor and asset to Canadian Blood Services in the Atlantic Region. Her efforts and enthusiasm on a consistent basis were deeply appreciated and helped support the growing demand for new blood and stem cell donors locally and in Canada.

Anna’s kindness and humility were displayed consistently over this past season. Her relentless passion to help others without seeking recognition is a testament to her character and reflect the traits Cameron Bulger was known for. We are proud to announce her as a nominee for the inaugural Cameron Bulger Memorial Award. 

Thank you and congratulations Anna!

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