Nominees announced for 2020 Fenix Outdoor E.H.C. Hockey Awards

Nominees announced for 2020 Fenix Outdoor E.H.C. Hockey Awards

​GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.) has announced the nominees for the 2020 Fenix Outdoor European Hockey Awards.

Young Player of the Year – presented by Fjällräven

Nominated (in alphabetical order):

Benjamin Baumgartner (Davos, NLA) – breakthrough season as playmaking centre, led Austria to top division of WJC
Samuel Fagemo (Frölunda, SHL) – SHL most goals by a junior, impact player on CHL champion, led WJC in scoring
Nils Lundkvist (Luleå, SHL) – SHL most assists & points by a junior as a d-man, point-per-game in WJC & CHL
Jesse Puljujärvi (Kärpät, Liiga) – a successful return to Finland, 5th in Liiga with 53 points
Tim Stützle (Mannheim, DEL) – 34 points in 41 games as 17-year-old, point-per-game in WJC, highly rated for NHL Draft

Coach of the Year – presented by Globetrotter

Nominated (in alphabetical order):

Jussi Ahokas (KooKoo, Liiga) – World Junior Champion coach guided KooKoo to 37-point improvement in 1st year
Thomas Berglund (Luleå, SHL) – Luleå has climbed to the top of the SHL on his watch
Rikard Grönborg (Zürich, NLA) – 2-time World Champion coach guided ZSC to big improvement in 1st year
Tom Pokel (Straubing, DEL) – Back-to-back big improvements, guided Straubing to CHL berth
Christian Wohlwend (Davos, NLA) – 38-point improvement, 2 points behind leader in 1st year

Club of the Year – presented by Hanwag

Nominated (in alphabetical order):

CSKA Moscow (KHL) – Followed up Gagarin Cup with another 1st place KHL finish
Frölunda Gothenburg (SHL) – CHL champs for the 4th time in 5 years, only champion nominated
Kärpät Oulu (Liiga) – Won Liiga by 8 points, consistently a Finnish power
Luleå Hockey (SHL) – Finished 1st in SHL by 14 points, made CHL semi-finals
ZSC Lions Zürich (NLA) – Went from missing the playoffs to 1st place in National League

Warrior Career Excellence Award

The Warrior Career ExcellenceAward is annually presented to the player who during his or her career has best exemplified the qualities of sportsmanship and dedication combined with community service and high standard of playing ability.

Nominated (in alphabetical order):

Milan Gulaš (Plzeň, Extraliga) – Keeps getting better with age; most productive season yet at 34
Jaromír Jágr (Kladno, Extraliga) – The one and only; club owner has now played pro in 5 decades
Lasse Kukkonen (Kärpät, Liiga) – Steady presence on Kärpät blueline, a teacher to the club's young talented players
Joel Lundqvist (Frölunda, SHL) – Added another CHL title to already impressive resume, scored career-high 24G (SHL+CHL) at 38
Yannic Seidenberg (Munich, DEL) – Versatile d-man & winger always answers the call for club or national team

The winners will be announced on June 9 at Eurohockeyclubs.com and the E.H.C. Alliance's social media platforms.

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