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GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.) has announced the nominees for the 2018 Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards.
Devils head coach Andrew Lord is one of 5 coaches across Europe to be nominated for the Coach of the Year Award. After leading the Devils to back to back EIHL League titles, he capped off the 2017-18 season with a Playoff Championship, the first for the Devils in 19 years.
Coach of the Year - presented by Globetrotter
Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Sam Hallam (Växjö, SHL) – Moulded Lakers into a superior SHL force, made CHL Final
Andrew Lord (Cardiff, EIHL) – Led Devils to league and playoff win
Kai Suikkanen (Bolzano, EBEL) – Took over last-placed team mid-season, ended up as champion
Frederik Söderström (Storhamar, GET) – Turned pretenders to double-winners in his 1st season
Libor Zábranský (Brno, CZE) – Unifying club force, first time in 11 years a Czech team defends title
You can cast your vote for Coach of the Year and for all other awards by going to eurohockeyclubs.com
The winners will be announced and celebrated at the Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards Dinner in Prague, Czech Republic on 12 June 2018.
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 81 member clubs from 13 European countries.