We lost a most valued member of our hockey family on September 11, 2001. Tom Hynes worked in the World Trade Center, and for many years was a dedicated coach of our sons and daughters. Tom set high standards. He taught our kids to always give their best efforts both individually and as a team.
Tom was encouraging, always rewarding each skater for the smallest improvements. It was the energy and enthusiasm with which he embraced both the game and our kids that so distinguished his character. That dedication touched so many of us and taught all of us.
Tom's wife, Carolyn, gave birth to their first child in April 2002. The families of North Park generously contributed to a memorial fund that we set up in his honor for Carolyn and their daughter.
In Tom's memory we created the Tom Hynes Achievement Award. This award will be presented annually to the player on each team whose leadership, sportsmanship and dedication to their team has best exemplified the high standards that Tom Hynes brought to the North Park family. It is the highest award that North Park gives out each year.