The 2021 Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards were announced by the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.)

The 2021 Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards were announced by the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.)

27 Oct 2021 | Press release
 

It’s the fifth year the E.H.C. recognizes the best accomplishments in the European clubs and leagues. This year, the annual Awards Gala was presented as part of the E.H.C. Hockey Business Forum, as the scheduled event for June 2021 was cancelled due to the pandemic.

 
 
 
 

Moritz Seider  named European Young Player of the Year; Jaromír Jágr receives Warrior Career Excellence Award; EV Zug is Club of the Year; Sam Hallam wins Coach of the Year; Philipp Walter recognized with Infront Leadership Award

ZUG, Switzerland– The 2021 Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards were announced on Saturday by the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.). It’s the fifth year the E.H.C. recognizes the best accomplishments in the European clubs and leagues. This year, the annual Awards Gala was presented as part of the E.H.C. Hockey Business Forum, as the scheduled event for June 2021 was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The winners:Young Player of the Yearpresented by Fjällräven

Moritz Seider (Rögle Ängelholm, SWE/SHL) –The 6thoverall Draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2019, Seider impressed everyone with his mature game. When opponents tried to get the young German to lose control, the teenager simply hit back with force. During the regular season, Seider collected 7+21=28 points in 41 games, while dishing out a team-high 91 hits and averaging almost 21 mins TOI. Seider led Rögle to the SHL finals and was named the league’s best defenceman. At the IIHF World Championship, the 20-year-old helped get Germany’s best result in 11 years while being named tournament Best Defenceman and elected to the Worlds’ All-Star Team.
Other nominees: Jonatan Berggren (SkellefteåAIK, SWE/SHL), Anton Lundell (IFK Helsinki, FIN/Liiga), Janis Moser (EHCBiel-Bienne, SUI/NL) Lukas Reichel (Eisbären Berlin, GER/DEL).

Coach of the Yearpresented by Globetrotter

Sam Hallam(Växjö Lakers,SWE/SHL) –In an era when players don’t stay very long, Hallam is the man behind the modern-day Swedish hockey dynasty that is the Växjö Lakers. Some claimed Hallam had lost some of his magic following the 2015 and the 2018 national titles when his team finished 7th and 10th in 2019 and 2020. But after two seasons of subpar performances, Hallam and his Lakers showed that they were far from done, winning their third championship in seven years after losing only three games in the playoffs and winning the final versus Rögle in five games.

Club of the Yearpresented by Hanwag

EV Zug (SUI/NL) –After another finals loss in coach Dan Tangnes’ first campaign and following the pandemic-shortened 2019/20 season, Zug won the 2020/21 regular season by a record 27 points ahead of Lugano, with a +69 goal difference and only 6 losses in regular time. Zug entered the Corona-shortened playoffs as heavy favorites – and for the first time since 1998, the club delivered, living up to expectations and winning its 2ndchampionship. Off the ice, club president Hans-Peter Strebel invested over 100 million CHF into the “OYM” high-performance athletic academy.

Other nominated clubs: Avangard Omsk (RUS/KHL), HC Donbass (UKR/UHL), Lukko Rauma (FIN/Liiga), Växjö Lakers(SWE/SHL)

WarriorCareer Excellence Award

The Warrior of the Year is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship and dedication, career excellence, combined with a community service and high standard of playing ability.

Jaromír Jágr (Rytíři Kladno,CZE/Extraliga) –In his 33rd pro season,Jágr helped bring his maternal club Kladno – which he co-owns – promoted back to the top Czech league. It was truly an amazing accomplishment for a player approaching 50, to score10 points in 16 qualification games leading up to the decisive victory.Jágrhas won Olympic gold, 2 Stanley Cups and 2 World Championship gold medals, makinghimone of only 28 members of hockey’s Triple Gold Club. Safe to say, there is no European player in hockey history who is even close to Jágr’s longevity and durability.

Other nominees: Pavel Datsyuk (Avto. Yekaterinburg, RUS/KHL), Viktor Hübl (HC Litvínov, CZE/Extraliga),Thomas Koch (EC-KAC, AUT/IceHL), Joakim Lindström (Skellefteå, SWE/SHL)

KånkenYouth Retention Award
To be awarded annually to an ice hockey youth program which emphasizes sustainability through social responsibility and high retention rates among its participants.


KAC Klagenfurt (AUT/IceHL) –For their exceptional work with boys and girls on various levels, including reaching out to neighboring Slovenia and for their social awareness, responsibility and modern leadership – KAC from Klagenfurt, Austria are the recipients of the 2021 Kånken Youth Retention Award. 

Other finalists: Junior Pelicans (FIN), IK Stavanger(NOR), HC Hvezda Praha(CZE), EV Zug Nachwuchs(SUI)

 

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