Ice Hockey’s Elite League handed out its annual awards as part of the festivities of finals weekend.
Cardiff Devils goalie Ben Bowns was given the nod for British Player of the Year. The Rotherham born keeper also earned Netminder of the Year. This was due to him leading the league in goals-against average (2.50) and save percentage (.918).
Bowns’ teammate, Andrew Hotham was named Defenceman of the Year. He was the highest scoring defenceman for the second campaign in a row. The Barrie (not Barry Island) born skater was responsible for 16 goals and 68 points in 63 regular season and Challenge Cup matches.
Mathew Sisca of the Manchester Storm secured both the Elite League top goalscorer and leading points scorer titles. His coach, Omar Pacha collecting the trophies on his behalf.
Sheffield’s Paul Thompson earned Coach of the Year plaudits after securing back-to-back titles.
Player of the Year went to Cardiff’s Joey Martin, who notched up 31 goals and 84 points in all competitions. The Canadian’s performances were good enough to be Forward of the Year.
The All-Star teams were also announced.
Bowns and Hotham were both named to the first team. As were Steelers’s Ben O’Connor and Tyler Mosienko. Joey Martin and Nottingham’s Juraj Kolnik completed the set.
Coventry Blaze goaltender Brian Stewart was the standout on the second team. Belfast player/coach Derrick Walser made the side along with his trusted centre James Desmarais. Two Storm players also made it in the guise of Paul Phillips and Mathew Sisca. Then last year’s outstanding skater, Mathieu Roy took a step back but was good enough to be honoured.
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