March 30, 2017
The Marlies are proud to announce that Rich Clune has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Toronto community during the 2016-17 season.
Over the past several years, Rich has devoted much of his time away from the rink working with charitable organizations focused on mental health, bullying prevention and addiction recovery. Rich is extremely committed and enthusiastic for off-ice community initiatives in the city in which he grew up and played his formative years of hockey.
As an ambassador for YouthSpeak, an organization sharing stories on positive mental health and bullying prevention, Rich has often talked about the responsibility he feels to share his own compelling story. “The energy I feel when I’m in the rooms is extremely invigorating and I always leave feeling better. I am happy to support YouthSpeak in setting an example of what it means to have a healthy lifestyle and be an advocate for people who are struggling. We hope our message inspires students to know that even when things get hard in life there is always a way out and that there is no shame in asking for help.” Rich also works with SickNotWeak, helping people understand that mental health is a sickness not a weakness as well as Renascent Addiction Center and other addiction recovery initiatives.