2015/16 Awards Night Winners
Note: All stats include Challenge Cup games (exclude Continental Cup)
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze held their awards show at the Coombe Abbey Hotel this evening where a number of players earned plaudits for their contribution to the season.
Head Coach, Chuck Weber announced Canadian forward Brett Robinson as his Player of the Year. The 31 year-old, in his first season in Europe is the club's top-point scorer with 62 points in 58 games (24 + 38).
21 year-old forward, Ross Venus, who earned his first senior Great Britain call-up this year, was named Clubman of the Season, an award given to an individual whose significant efforts often go under the radar. The Brit was praised by his coach for embracing and taking pride in his penalty-killing duties and for his willingness to block shots in order to help his team.
Mike Quesnele, in his first year pro was praised for his work in the community and with schools earning the Contribution to the Community award. The Canadian attended approximately 50 school assemblies throughout the season and was also active in many fan and Blaze academy activities.
Blaze fans nominated Jim Jorgensen as their Defenceman of the Season, a wise choice as the American also picked up the much valued Best Plus/Minus award.
Jordan Pietrus, the club's joint top goal scorer with 24 in 52 was announced as the fans Forward of the Year. The Canadian, who joined Blaze in late October was also recognised as the Blaze Blue Army and Booster Club Player of the Season.
Captain, Ashley Tait who played in his 700th Elite League game this season, and is just one goal away from becoming the second player after Adam Calder to score 200 career goals for Coventry picked up the Best British Player award.
Home-grown defenceman, David Clements who joined Blaze full-time in late November, following a two-way spell with Milton Keynes was voted the Most-Improved player.
Netminder, Brian Stewart who stopped 1834 of 2022 shots in 60 games, for a 90.7% save-percentage and 13 Man-of-the Match awards was announced as the fans Player of the Season for the second year running. The 6'5" Canadian, won the award by just four votes with Jordan Pietrus and Jim Jorgensen being the other top candidates:
Stewart, who has been nominated for Elite League netminder of the year was also voted Players’ Player of the Year by his teammates.
Drew Fisher’s magical penalty shot to beat Stephen Murphy and defeat the Belfast Giants in early October won the Champagne moment:
Boris Valabik, who collected 347 penalty minutes over the season won the award for best fight for this toe-to-toe battle with Cardiff Devils’ Josh Batch on August 30th:
In a first for the awards show, there were two goals of the season, both scored by Brenden Walker in the same game vs. Sheffield Steelers on 28th February:
Off the ice, the club's fantastic set of volunteers were well thanked, whilst score-keepers of many years, Chris Muckian and David Hipkiss picked up the John Crook Award for their superb contribution. DRP Logistics was named Sponsor of the Year for going above and beyond for the club over the past season.
Blaze were also delighted to confirm that Genting Casino will remain the club's title sponsor for a 5th season.
Round-up of the awards:
FAN VOTED AWARDS: