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Chartrand And Thompson Scoop The Honours

Coventry Blaze captain Steve Chartrand and coach Paul Thompson have received accolades in the FBNL end of season awards.

Chartrand, who missed two months after breaking his jaw, was selected as Player of the Year in the Findus British National League annual awards.

The awards are voted on by each coach in the league. During the league season Chartrand played 23 games, and scored 14 goals and 22 assists.

When he was out injured the team slumped in form and confidence, missing his ability to play goal-to-goal hockey.

And Blaze coach Paul Thompson was picked out by his colleagues as the best coach in the league.

New signing Stephen Cooper, who moved to Coventry from Hull after the club ran into financial difficulties, was selected in the British All Star team.

Blaze Operations Director Grant Charman said everyone at the club was thrilled:

"We are obviously delighted for Steve, Coops and Thommo.

"These awards are picked by the other coaches of the FBNL teams and are therefore seen as some of the most important honours available.

"When your peers pick you out like this I think it really means something. I'm sure that all three are happy to have been selected and will be taking it as a real honour."

The other awards were:

Netminder of the Year: Mark McArthur (Guildford Flames)

Defenceman of the Year: Matt Cote (Basingstoke Bison)

British Player of the Year: Steven Lynch (Edinburgh Capitals)

Scoring Champion: Todd Dutiaume (Fife Flyers)

All-Star Team:

Netminder: Mark McArthur (Guildford Flames)

Defence: Matt Cote (Basingstoke Bison), Jason Dailey (Slough Jets)

Forward: Todd Dutiaume (Fife Flyers), Steve Chartrand (Coventry Blaze), Albie O’Connell (Basingstoke Bison)

British All-Star Team

Netminder: Stephen Foster (Basingstoke Bison)

Defence: Stephen Cooper (Coventry Blaze), Paul Dixon (Guildford Flames)

Forward: Steven Lynch (Edinburgh Capitals), Anthony Payne (Hull Thunder), David Smith (Guildford Flames)
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CWN / Sport / Ice Hockey / Coventry Blaze / 12 Mar 01
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