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Shortlist Revealed For Elite League Awards

The shortlist for the 2013-14 Rapid Solicitors Elite League Awards have been revealed. The following categories were voted for by the coaches and GMs of the 10 Elite League clubs…

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dan Bakala (Dundee Stars)
Ryan Ginand (Coventry Blaze)
Kevin Saurette (Belfast Giants)
Last year’s winner: David Ling

COACH OF THE YEAR
Paul Adey (Belfast Giants)
Sylvain Cloutier (Hull Stingrays)
Jeff Hutchins (Dundee Stars)
Last year’s winner: Corey Neilson

BRITISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Clarke (Nottingham Panthers)
Sam McCluskey (Dundee Stars)
Stephen Murphy (Belfast Giants)
Last year’s winner: David Clarke

NETMINDER OF THE YEAR
Dan Bakala (Dundee Stars)
Frank Doyle (Sheffield Steelers)
Stephen Murphy (Belfast Giants)
Last year’s winner: Craig Kowalski

DEFENCEMAN OF THE YEAR
Calvin Elfring (Belfast Giants)
Rory Rawlyk (Dundee Stars)
Robby Sandrock (Belfast Giants)
Last year’s winner: Mike Schutte

FORWARD OF THE YEAR
Guillaume Doucet (Hull Stingrays)
Ryan Ginand (Coventry Blaze)
Kevin Saurette (Belfast Giants)
Last year’s winner: David Ling

Meanwhile, there were thousands of votes cast by supporters on the Elite League website for the following award. The top three are as follows…

FANS’ FAVOURITE OF THE YEAR
Dan Bakala (Dundee Stars)
Stefan Meyer (Sheffield Steelers)
Rory Rawlyk (Dundee Stars)
Last year’s winner: David Ling

The winner of each award will be revealed and presented in the Awards Show (2:30pm) on the day of the playoff final on Sunday 6th April 2014 at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

In addition, the First All-Star and Second All-Star teams will be announced, as will the top goalscorer and top points-scorer (Elite League) only.