WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kansas City Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas will receive the prestigious Harry Agganis Hellenic Athlete Award from AHEPA while college hockey star Sam Anas will get his second William Chirgotis Collegiate Scholar-Athlete Award.
Moustakas was a key member of the World Series champions, affectionately called “Moose” by the fans, and is a former high school player of the year, is a slugger.
The Agganis award is named for the former Boston Red Sox first baseman who was known as “The Golden Greek” and was a two-sport star, an All-American quarterback, defensive back and punter for Boston University who was the first draft choice of the Cleveland Browns but decided to play baseball first.
He died in 1955 at 26 years old of a pulmonary embolism, cutting short what likely would have been one of the greatest careers of any American athlete.
Anas, 23, from Potomac, Maryland, starred for Quinnipiac College, which made to the NCAA finals this year. He signed with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
The awards were announced by Supreme President John W. Galanis and Gregory J. Stamos, head of the National Athletic Awards.
The awards will be presented at the 94th AHEPA Supreme Convention, July 27 in Las Vegas.
“AHEPA is proud to recognize these two amazing talents,” Galanis said. “Both athletes have risen to championship-level play in their respective sports and are to be commended for their athletic accomplishments to date.”
Added Stamos, “As the starting third baseman for the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, Mike Moustakas played an integral role in the team’s championship run, and Sam Anas attained First-team All-American honors for a major NCAA Division I hockey program at Quinnipiac University, leading the team to a number one national ranking and to the championship game.”
Anas concluded a stellar, three-year collegiate hockey career with Quinnipiac by totaling 69 goals and 63 assists in 121 games over three seasons.
He was the team’s leading scorer in each of the three years. In his final year, Sam tallied 50 points (24 goals and 26 assists) and scored four game-winning goals.
For his effort, Sam was named AHCA/CCM Hockey Men’s Division I All-America First Team. As a sophomore, he was named Second-team All-American, and as a freshman, Anas was named the National Rookie of the Year.