The Joe Burke Award was established in 1994. It is presented annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women’s ice hockey. Joe Burke was a Dedham resident but never actually played the game himself. The first game he attended was the University of New Hampshire and Boston College in 1978 at McHugh Forum. Since that game, Burke has been at every major Girls/Women's hockey event in the New England area.


Year Winner Background
1994 Joe Burke Women's Hockey Supporter, Fan
1995 John Donley Harvard University
1996 Bernie McKinnon St. Lawrence University
1997 Joe Bertagna ECAC/Hockey East, Harvard
1998 Carl Gray Assabet Valley, USA Hockey
1999 Award not given out
2000 Award not given out
2001 Russ McCurdy University of New Hampshire
2002 Bette Blair USA Hockey, volunteer
2003 Jane Ring St. Paul, MN
2004 George Crowe Dartmouth
2005 Bill Cahill Rensselaer
2006 Charlie Stryker MN Hockey
2007 Sue Ring-Jarvi MN Girls’/Women’s Hockey
2008 Maurice FitzMaurice Connecitcut Polar Bears
2009 Bob and Kathleen Ridder
2010 Kelly Dyer Hayes USA Hockey


  1. [ AHCA MAJOR Awards]. American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved on 23 June 2010.

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