(WINDSOR, ON) – Dominic Papa, of WE-TV.ca, along with the selection committee of the 10th annual WESPY Awards, announced earlier today the key note speaker for the Windsor and Essex County recognition for athletic excellence. Host Mark Knight welcomed 18-year NHL veteran Chris Pronger, who joined the announcement live via telephone.
Originally selected No. 2 overall, by the Hartford Whalers, in 1993, Pronger started on his career that has taken him to St Louis, Edmonton, Anaheim, and Philadelphia. He’s appeared in the Stanley Cup finals with three different teams, winning in 2007 with the Ducks, and has captained the Blues, Anaheim, and the Flyers.
Born in Dryden, Pronger has also been a mainstay with the national program, appearing for Team Canada, and winning gold, in the 2002 Salt Lake and 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
While officially under contract to the Flyers, Pronger has been working with the NHL’s Player Safety Committee since October last year. He hasn’t played since November 2011 when he suffered from post-concussion syndrome due to three separate instances. He was also hit in the eye with a stick and now has vision impairment.
The WESPY’s annually bring each sports community together, generating unity among all programs, to recognize the top performers and teams.