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January 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Adrian Hanauer honored at 78th annual Seattle Sports Star banquet

hanauer exec.jpgPhoto credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

I was called into service to cover the 78th annual Seattle Sports Star banquet Friday at Benaroya Hall downtown.

It was a fun night. I got to catch up with Roger Levesque for a bit, which was cool. He’s still in his two-year program to get a master’s degree at the University of Washington and played a big part in the event (he presented the final award of the event). I also saw Servando Carrasco, Sigi Schmid, Chris Henderson, Gary Wright and others.

Here’s our photo gallery from the night, which also includes shots of Alex Morgan and Hope Solo, among others.

As we knew was coming earlier in the week, Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer was named Seattle Sports Star Executive of the Year.

Coach Sigi Schmid presented the award and told the story about when he first met Hanauer in 2004, when the youngest of the Schmid son’s, Kyle, played briefly at UW.

“He had a gleam in his eye and a dream in his heart,” Schmid said of Hanauer.

Hanauer went on to tell Schmid all about his hopes of bringing MLS to Seattle, and the end of the night, Schmid had a one last message: “Don’t forget about me.”

Crazy that years later he would be hired as the first coach of that team.

Schmid, who expressed how thankful he was that Hanauer didn’t forget about him, went on to praise his boss’s passion for the game, noting CenturyLink Field has needed some repairs following some of the GM’s blowups during games.

Hanauer, like he did in our story on this award earlier in the week, reiterated that the Sounders success on the field and off is a team effort. As a final shoutout, he picked Seahawks GM John Schneider to win the award a year for now.

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