Pro, CHL // Wednesday, 03.05.2017
Nominees for European Hockey Awards
The Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.) has announced the nominees for the 2017 Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards.
Fjällräven Young Player of the Year
Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Joel Eriksson Ek (Färjestad, SWE) – has scored at every level, club & national team, dominant at 20
Kirill Kaprizov (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS) – WJC All-Star, set new KHL scoring record for teenager
Dominik Kubalik (HC Plzen, CZE) – 48 pts in 51 GP in Czech league, 6 pts in 6 GP in Champions HL
Oskar Lindblom (Brynäs Gävle, SWE) – among SHL-leaders in G & Pts, made Team Sweden debut
Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow, RUS) – Amazing 1.66 GAA, .929 SVS% in KHL, soon Russia’s #1 goalie?
Globetrotter Coach of the Year
Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Pavel Gross (Grizzlys Wolfsburg, GER) – Against odds, leads his club 2nd consecutive DEL-final
Kari Jalonen (SC Bern, SUI) – Has led Bern to first consecutive titles in NLA in 16 years
Filip Pesan (Bili Tygri Liberec, CZE) – Instilled a winning culture, turned club into a national force
Roger Rönnberg (Frölunda Gothenburg, SWE) – Spearheaded club from average to best in Europe
Jussi Tapola (Tappara Tampere, FIN) – Finland’s 2016 Coach of the Year, has another huge season
Hanwag Club of the Year
Nominated (alphabetical order)
Cardiff Devils (EIHL, GBR) – First national title in 20 years + Cup title; goes to Champions HL
Frölunda Gothenburg (SHL, SWE) – Three heavy titles in 12 months, CHL16 – SHL16 – CHL17
SC Bern (NLA, SUI) – From 8th to 1st in NLA, for 16th straight year best Euro attendance, over 16,000
Tappara Tampere (Liiga, FIN) – Dominated like in 70-80s glory days, win regular season + title
Vienna Capitals (EBEL, AUT) – Complete dominance, regular season win & 12-0 run in playoffs
The nominations have been determined by a group of selected hockey experts from eight European countries. For the Fjällräven Young Player of the Year Award, professional scouts from Europe have also been included in the voting process. To be eligible for the Young Player of the Year Award, the player must have been under 22 years of age as of September 15, 2016.
The winners will be announced prior to the Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards dinner in Prague, Czech Republic on June 13, 2017.
About the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs: The alliance was formally founded on 13 June 2016 at the E.H.C.´s first Annual General Meeting in Berlin, by some 70 clubs from 13 European countries. Ice Hockey thus became the third major European team sport, after football’s European Club Association (ECA) and Forum Club Handball (FCH), to found a club alliance with the mandate to look after and promote the interests of the professional hockey clubs and represent them internationally. The E.H.C. currently has 80 member clubs from 13 European countries.
About Fenix Outdoor Group: www.fenixoutdoor.se is an international group of eight outdoor brands; Fjällräven, Tierra, Primus, Brunton and Hanwag (development and production of outdoor gear and apparel) while Naturkompaniet (SWE), Partioaitta (FIN) and Globetrotter (GER) make up Fenix’ retail division. The company is listed on the Nasdaq OMX, Stockholm, Mid Cap. Fenix Outdoor was founded in 1967, with Fjällräven founded in 1960 by Åke Nordin in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The iconic popularity of the Kånken rucksack has reached global proportions.
[Press release by E.H.C. Alliance
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