The Dayna Brons Honorary Award

The Dayna Brons Honorary Award recognizes an individual from Canada’s hockey community who exhibits outstanding dedication towards patients who rely on blood and stem cell products in Canada. This person must be deemed to have made a significantly positive impact regarding the awareness and necessity of Canada’s Lifeline.


Jacob Ingham
MIssisauga Steelheads
Born and raised in Barrie, ON Jacob Ingham is a product of the Barrie Minor Hockey system where he was picked by the Mississauga Steelheads 26th overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. In June of 2018 Jacob was drafted by the LA Kings in the 6th round of the NHL Entry Draft, capping off an impressive start to his junior career. Since joining the Steelheads on a full time basis in 2016, Jacob’s leadership and maturity have become well recognized and likely a major reason for his recognition as a top end prospect. 

As an example of his character, this past season Jacob voluntarily took on a significant role to help promote the Bleed Blue Game Night vs the Hamilton Bulldogs in March. In the days prior to the game, Jacob took time to meet with 13 year old blood recipient Aaryan Dinh-Ali. In his conversation with Aary, Jacob was able to share his personal connection to blood donation as his grandmother was the recipient of 8 units of blood following a near fatal motor vehicle accident in 2018. The accident, along with Jacobs selfless nature, inspired him to further support Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services by donating 4 dollars from every save he made through the first 50 games of the season, totaling over $5,500. To top it all off Jacob became a new blood donor shortly after the season when he donated blood on May 5, 2019 along with members of his family. 

Jacob is an outstanding player, leader and ambassador with several of the quality’s Dayna Brons was known for and we could not be more proud to announce Jacob Ingham as the first ever recipient of the Dayna Brons Honorary Award. His efforts to promote the need for blood and stem cell donation are inspiring to all of us and especially those around him in the hockey community. 

Congratulations Jacob! moreread less
Matt Welsh
Charlottetown Islanders
As a member of the Charlottetown Islanders Matt Welsh tirelessly gave back to the community and promoted the importance of volunteerism. His selflessness as a community advocate spanned his entire junior career and inspired many others to follow in his footsteps.

This past season Matt became a Player Ambassador in November 2019 and got to work right away. Throughout the season Matt donated blood twice, encouraged a team blood donation event, helped promote the #stemcell registry, posted multiple times on social media and rallied his team and community to win the ‘blood drive challenge’ over the SeaDogs and Wildcats. Impressive!

We thank Matt for these contributions and feel privileged to have announced him as the second recipient of the Dayna Brons Honorary Award. moreread less
Braden Hache
Kingston Frontenacs
Since Braden Hache joined the Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador Program in June 2020 Braden embraced the role as an influential leader amongst his peers and in his community. Born and raised in New Market Ontario Braden is a Defenceman with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League who is well known for his off-ice contributions. This past year Braden donated blood four times, joined Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry, registered his intent to become an organ and tissue donor, hosted his own stem cell campaign and lead all Player Ambassadors in social media sharing. Displaying many of the traits Dayna was known for Braden consistently promoted the life-saving initiatives of Canadian Blood Services with passion and enthusiasm inspiring many others to join the cause. Braden is also the recipient of a $5,000 educational bursary made possible by Canada Life. Congratulations Braden on becoming the third winner of the Dayna Brons Honorary Award. moreread less
Logan Nijhoff
Regina Pats
As the captain of the Regina Pats Logan Nijhoff consistently used his leadership skills to support thousands of patients that rely on Canadian Blood Services.

Born in Comox BC Logan’s biggest asset was his ability to influence those around him in a positive way and his genuine passion to give back to the community. As a Player Ambassador Logan had a tremendous impact recruiting many new blood donors and encouraging those between the age of 17 and 35 to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry. At one point Logan helped recruit over 100 blood donors over a three day period and also raised over $8000 during his Every Face-Off Counts campaign.

Being the selfless person that Logan is he embodied many of traits Dayna was known for such as humility, dedication and kindness and sought nothing in return. We are proud to have named Logan the forth recipient of the Dayna Brons Honorary Award. moreread less
Logan Stankoven
Kamloops Blazers
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. moreread less