Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers Girls Hockey Club’s Program director, Grace Klienbach has been named the recipient of the Professional Hockey Federation’s (PHF) Foundation Award. Klienbach, recently completed her 4th season as a professional player and is now a two-time Foundation Award winner. “I am beyond honored to be able to receive the Foundation Award. Being involved in the local community is something that has been near and dear to my heart from my freshman year of college to now going into my 5th season in the PHF. I love being able to help grow the game both on and off the ice and help these athletes become better hockey players, as well as better people!” said Klienbach after receiving her second consecutive Foundation Award.
The Foundation award recognizes players who actively apply the core values of hockey to their community and who grow and improve hockey culture. “This is a great award that Grace has received, I’m happy that the PHF has recognized the amount of time, hard work and dedication she continues to give to the great game of hockey” said Little Flyers President Stephane Charbonneau. “This season she was our girls program director, coached our 14U team to a USA Hockey National Championship, ran numerous camps and clinics all while playing professional hockey for the Buffalo Beauts. The young players in our organization are lucky to have someone like her to look up to and strive to be like someday” concluded Charbonneau.
Principal®, the exclusive financial services marketing partner of the PHF will donate $10,000.00 directly to a charity of choice on behalf of each PHF player that won the PHF Foundation Award for the 2021-22 regular season. Klienbach has chosen the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware which has a special place in her heart “I picked this charity because of a very close coach and friend of ours, Brianne Krysiak. She started “Kids 4 Kids” which is a local group of kids & their families that have come together every August to sell homemade baked goods made by the kids, as well as store bought popsicles (during Covid-19). 100% of the proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and is done in loving memory of Brianne’s son, Gordon Krysiak #spreadgordieslove" said Klienbach earlier this week.