The Tucson Roadrunners, a hockey team based in Tucson, Arizona, proudly announced that forward Bokondji Imama has been named the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the community during the 2022-23 season. Imama’s efforts both on and off the ice have made a significant impact on the Tucson community.
Community Engagement and Foundation
Imama’s dedication to making a difference is evident through his involvement in various community initiatives. During Black History Month, he spearheaded the design of special warm-up jerseys and ties worn by the Roadrunners to raise awareness and support for the Duclair-Imama Foundation. The foundation, co-founded by Imama and Anthony Duclair, aims to introduce and mentor young minorities in hockey, providing them with necessary equipment to enjoy the sport.
Imama, along with his Roadrunners teammates and mascot Dusty, also visited the Boys & Girls Club in Midtown Tucson, hosting a hockey workshop and distributing holiday gifts to local students. His presence and willingness to share his expertise left a lasting impression on the participants, further solidifying his commitment to community engagement.
On-Ice Performance and Leadership
Bokondji Imama’s impact extends beyond community outreach. As an alternate captain for the Roadrunners, he has exemplified leadership on the ice. With 10 goals and 17 assists in 104 games played, Imama has contributed both offensively and defensively. Additionally, he holds the record for the most penalty minutes in franchise history, displaying his physical presence and dedication to his team’s success.
Imama’s talent has not gone unnoticed in the National Hockey League (NHL) either. He made his NHL debut with the Arizona Coyotes in April 2022, further validating his skills and potential. His performances in the NHL and AHL have earned him recognition as one of the finalists for the prestigious Yanick Dupr Memorial Award, which honors the AHL’s Man of the Year.
A Bright Future and Lasting Impact
Bokondji Imama’s contributions on and off the ice have made a lasting impact on the Tucson community. His involvement in community initiatives, along with his achievements as a player, demonstrate his dedication to making a difference. Through his foundation, he continues to empower young minorities in hockey, providing them with opportunities and resources to pursue their dreams.
As the winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award, Imama’s positive influence and commitment to community service have been recognized and celebrated. The announcement of the Yanick Dupr Memorial Award winner on May 5 will further acknowledge Imama’s outstanding contributions and solidify his place among the league’s most exceptional individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Bokondji Imama?Bokondji Imama is a forward for the Tucson Roadrunners, a hockey team based in Tucson, Arizona. He has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Tucson community and is a co-founder of the Duclair-Imama Foundation, which aims to help and mentor young minorities in hockey.
What is the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award?The IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award is an honor given to individuals in the American Hockey League (AHL) who have made significant contributions to their team and the community. It recognizes their outstanding efforts and positive impact off the ice.
What is the Duclair-Imama Foundation?The Duclair-Imama Foundation is a foundation co-founded by Bokondji Imama and Anthony Duclair. Its mission is to help and mentor young minorities in hockey by introducing and teaching them the game, as well as providing them with the necessary gear to enjoy the sport.
Who is Anthony Duclair?Anthony Duclair is a forward currently playing for the Florida Panthers. He was previously a member of the Tucson Roadrunners and the Arizona Coyotes. Duclair co-founded the Duclair-Imama Foundation with Bokondji Imama to support young minorities in hockey.
What is the Yanick Dupr Memorial Award?The Yanick Dupr Memorial Award is named after Yanick Dupr, a former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who passed away in 1997 after battling leukemia. This award, given by the American Hockey League, honors the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.