Barrie native and Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Jacob Ingham was recently named the first ever recipient of the Hockey Gives Blood society’s Dayna Brons Honorary Award.
The award recognizes an individual from Canada’s hockey community who exhibits outstanding dedication towards patients who rely on blood and stem cell products in Canada. This person must be deemed to have made a significantly positive impact regarding awareness and necessity of Canada’s Lifeline.
Ingham, a sixth-round selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, voluntarily took on a significant role to help promote the Bleed Blue Game Night against the Hamilton Bulldogs in March.
Prior to the game Ingham met with Aaryan Dinh-Ali, a 13-year-old blood recipient, and shared with him a personal story of blood donation when his grandmother was the recipient of eight units of blood following a near fatal motor vehicle accident in 2018.
The accident and his willingness to help others inspired him to further support Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services by donating $4 for every save he made through the first 50 games of the season, totaling over $5,500. The 19-year-old, who just completed his third season with the Steelheads, also became a blood donor when he and members of his family donated blood on May 5th.
A product of the Barrie Minor Hockey system, Ingham finished the year for the rebuilding Steelheads with 27-25-2-2 record while posting a 3.41 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
Hockey Gives Blood is a non-profit society that has partnered with the Canadian Blood Services in an effort to engage and educate the hockey community about the importance of blood and stem cell donation.