Monday, June 27, 2011

Athlete with passion for Sport and Community

Zach Hyman is not only making headlines since being to the University of Michigan to play on the Wolverines hockey team, but he also recently published a children's book and has been giving back to the community that he was raised in.

by Adam Gurza
Zach Hyman grew up going to the United Synagogue Day School (now the Robins Hebrew Academy) and ultimately finished his education at Tanenbaum Chat Wallenberg. While Zach enjoyed learning, he also enjoyed playing hockey. He played hockey at the highest level but at the same time he always focused on his education, giving up the more conventional route of playing in the Ontario Hockey League to focus on his education.

Zach recently signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines hockey team for this coming fall after being selected 123rd overall by the Florida Panthers . Zach also recently published a children's book called Hockey Hero which is about a boy who grows up with some social problems and has a brother hockey who is a hockey star.

Zach has recently won two prestigious awards. One is the Canadian Junior Hockey Player of the Year, which is given to the top Jr. A hockey player in Canada. The other was the B.J. Monro Award which is the award given to the Ontario Hockey Association's top professional prospect. Zach is becoming a talked about and popular hockey players in Canada and probably in all of North America in the future.

When Zach is not playing hockey, he is very giving of his time. He makes regular appearances at Jewish Day Schools for readings or signings of his book  just give back to the community that gave him so much growing up.

Zach is clearly using the values that he learned growing up in the Jewish Community and I can assure you that this won't be the last we hear from Hyman on and off the ice.

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