2016/17 Awards Night Winners
Note: All stats include Challenge Cup games.
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze held their 2016/17 Elite League season awards show at the fabulous Coombe Abbey Hotel this evening.
Chairman Andy Buxton began the event, thanking the unbelievable support of the Blaze fans throughout the season. The players, staff and hard-working volunteers were then asked to the stage and thanked for their considerable efforts.
Head Coach Danny Stewart began the hand-out of awards, announcing Swedish forward Robin Bergman as the Coach’s Player of the Season. Later, the number 88 was also named the Players' Player of the Season.
Captain Jordan Pietrus was then honoured by Danny as the Clubman of the Season, an award given to an individual whose significant efforts often can go under the radar.
As chosen by the fans, Ross Venus, who continues to excel in his role on the penalty-kill and has added 21 points was named British Player of the Season.
Defenceman of the Season was the ever popular Kevin Noble, whilst T.J. Syner with 15 goals, 27 assists for 42 points in 38 games was named the fans' Forward of the Season.
Syner’s cousin, Barry Almeida was awarded Goal of the Season for his outstanding solo strike against the Cardiff Devils on the 11th February 2017 at the Skydome Arena.
The Most-Improved Player award was handed to 19-year-old netminder Renny Marr. The Scot appearing in ten games, playing over 200 minutes this season.
Jim Jorgensen who has contributed 24 points from the blue-line picked up the award for best Plus/Minus for the second year running.
Any number of Garrett Klotz’s 12 Fights could have won the Fight of the Year award, the pick though being that of 30th October 2016 against Zack Fitzgerald of the Sheffield Steelers. It was a fight occurring the night after the Steelers tough-guy ran into Blaze goalie Brian Stewart picking up a two-game ban from EIHL Department of Player Safety.
The Champagne moment of the season, as chosen by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire came from the club’s top-point scorer (49 points) Brett Robinson, who scored and celebrated fantastically an overtime game-winning-goal against the Nottingham Panthers on New Year’s Eve.
Off the ice, British defenceman David Clements was awarded for his superb contribution to the community, which has included a large number of school visits, support of the Coventry Blaze Academy and other work for the Blaze Community Foundation.
Finally, the Blaze Player of the Season, as voted for by fans was proudly picked up by Liam Stewart. The hugely popular 22-year-old also receiving the Blaze Blue Army and Booster Club Player of the Season awards.
We would also like to say a big congratulations and thank you to Keith Elund, who was given the John Crook award for outstanding contribution and to our official partner of the Blaze Community Foundation, Pet-Xi who were awarded Sponsor of the Season for going above and beyond this year.
Overview of winners