St. Catharines, Ont. – The Professional Hockey Players’ Association has announced that Marquis Mathieu of the Pensacola Ice Pilots is the recipient of the 2003 PHPA Brain Pad® Comeback Player of the Year Award, presented annually to recognize a PHPA Member that has returned to professional hockey after an extensive layoff due to injury or illness.
Limited to only 14 games in 2001-02 because of hip surgery and following six months of intensive rehabilitation, Mathieu returned to play 59 games in 2002-03. He began the season with Baton Rouge, scoring 30 points (13g-17a) in 44 games before being traded to Pensacola where he scored 13 points (3g-10a) in 15 regular season games and appeared in all four of Pensacola’s games in the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
“I am really pleased to be recognized with such an honor,” said Mathieu. “I have spent countless hours in rehab and many more training in an attempt to return to game shape. I am flattered that the hockey community has identified my efforts, and I thank them.”
WIPSS Products Inc. will donate 50 Brain Pad® mouthpieces in Mathieu’s name to the minor league hockey association in St. Romuald, P.Q. where Mathieu played youth hockey. WIPSS will also make a donation of $1,000 on behalf of Mathieu to the charity of his choice.