Sam’s the man again at Tigers awards bash

Sam Zajac swept the board for the second year running at Telford Tigers’ end of season presentation gala on Friday night.

The 26-year-old was named Players’ Player of the Year, Coach’s Player of the Year, Supporter’s best Defenceman and Most Valuable Player.

Zajac’s haul followed a similar success last year, when he also walked away with four of the top awards.

And the defenceman was delighted receive top billing during the event, held at the Place Theatre in Oakengates.

He said: “It is down to an incredible effort by the whole team that I have been able to win these awards. Each and every player deserves recognition for the hard work they have put in.

“When I won four of these awards last year, I said I hadn’t been expecting to win a single one. So to do it again really is fantastic and a real honour for me.

“It was great to hear my name called up, but again, I want to pay tribute to my team-mates. Ice hockey is a team sport, so we all deserve these awards.”

The night’s other big winners included Joe Miller, who won the Supporter’s Best Forward award, while Macaulay Heywood was named Most Improved Player.

Heywood said: “This was a great night and I wasn’t expecting to win anything. In fact, I didn’t even realize we were having this particular award!

“I feel I have improved quite a bit this season, but a lot of that has been down to my team mates, and how they have helped me.”

Telford Tigers owner, Wayne Scholes, was happy to give the 2015/16 side a glittering party to mark the end of the season.

He said: “It has been a tough year for us all, but tonight shows why we should always celebrate the efforts of everyone at this wonderful club, both on and off the ice.

“Throughout the season, there are no second chances, be that during games, or even at training. So I wanted to give the people that really matter a chance to let their hair down.

“I gave Dan Scott the Chairman’s Award, because he brings the team together every night and always leads from the front, on and off the ice.

“Dan makes a point of being involved in the community outreach of the Tigers, and is always the first to volunteer when asked for help in the locker room.

“The fact that we had so many fans here was really special for me. It showed that the future of this club is very bright indeed.”

Twitter expert Simon Walters, meanwhile, won the Unsung Hero Tigers Award, while Danny Rose was handed the plus/minus team award.

Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann, meanwhile, was unable to attend the event, after his flight from Germany was delayed.


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