Lethbridge, AB – Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison announced today, on behalf of the WHL Board of Governors, that Herman Elfring has been named a recipient of the WHL Distinguished Service Award for the 2016-17 season.

Elfring was honoured by WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in Lethbridge in a special ceremony prior to tonight’s game between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Medicine Hat Tigers.

“Herman Elfring was an integral part of the Lethbridge Hurricanes franchise for over 20 years,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Throughout that time Herman worked tirelessly as a volunteer both as Club President and Governor. Given Herman’s contributions at both the Club and League level it is only fitting he is honoured with the WHL Distinguished Service Award.”

Elfring spent 23 seasons (1992-93 to 2015-16) as a Board Member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, including 21 (1994-95 to 2015-16) as Governor, while also serving as the club President from 1995-96 through 1998-98, a period which included the organization’s 1997 WHL Championship. In his role on the WHL Board of Governors, Elfring contributed for 10 years as a member of the finance committee.

“I was extremely happy when we heard that Herman was selected as the recipient for this award. It’s well deserved and I think for Herman to get acknowledged for his contribution, it’s fantastic,” said Hurricanes President and Governor Doug Paisley. “Herman was a part of the organization through some good times and some bad times and his experience was beneficial to the boards’ during his terms as President and Governor of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He was a great representative of the Hurricanes organization during his tenure on the Board of Governors.”

Elfring retired from his role as Governor of the Lethbridge Hurricanes prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.

The WHL Distinguished Service Award, which was introduced by the WHL in 2004, is presented annually to individuals who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of franchises and in doing so have made an extraordinary contribution at the Club or League level over an extended period. The WHL will present Distinguished Service Awards annually to an individual from both the Western and Eastern Conferences.

Previous recipients of the WHL Distinguished Service Award:

Norbert Heinzelmann (Kelowna Rockets – Off-Ice Officials); Bill Sanderson (Victoria Royals – Off-Ice Officials); Bob McGill (Edmonton Oil Kings – Scout); Ralph Zander (Calgary Hitmen – Off-Ice Official); Terry Bonner (Vancouver Giants – Scouting Director); Dr. Mary Smith (Spokane Chiefs – Team Dentist); Dennis Coates (Kamloops Blazers – Volunteer Board Member); Judy Seher (Red Deer Rebels – Billet Coordinator); Balzer, Frank, Tony & John Lanz (Medicine Hat Tigers – Off-Ice Officials); Rose Mary Hartney (Moose Jaw Warriors – Education Advisor); Greg ‘Spike’ Wallace (Kamloops Blazers – Community & Sponsorship Coordinator); Nella Rounsville (Kootenay Ice – Education Advisor); Lorne Frey (Kelowna Rockets – Asst GM/Head Scout); Graham Tuer (Saskatchewan Hockey Association – Volunteer); Jann Boss (Portland Winterhawks – Administration); Ruth “Grams” Pollock (Prince Albert Raiders – Billet Coordinator); Dr. Ian Hill (Regina Pats – Team Doctor); Dr. Alfred Blue (Seattle Thunderbirds – Team Doctor); Doris Rubel (Kamloops Blazers – Billet Coordinator); Colleen MacBean (Swift Current Broncos – Education Advisor); and Bob Ridley (Medicine Hat Tigers – Play-By-Play Announcer).