The Stena Line Belfast Giants dominated the 2018/19 Elite League awards as the league champions collected over half of the total number of accolades that recognise the achievements of the season past. The awards were announced at the season ending Playoff Finals weekend and were voted on by the coaches and general managers from around the league.
Tyler Beskorowany received the top honour – named Player of the Year, thanks to a steller first season in Belfast. Beskorowany was also awarded Netminder of the Year and named to the First All-Star team.
“It’s been a great season all-around for the Giants,” said Beskorowany. “I could not have done this without my teammates and coaching staff – hats off to the entire team.”
“The organisation, from top to bottom, have been great with me. The Belfast fanbase have been excellent and are a huge reason why we won the league and challenge cup this season.”
Adam Keefe is the league’s Coach of the Year – winning the 2018/19 Challenge Cup and Elite League titles in only his second season in charge.
Darcy Murphy was voted Forward of the Year and was also in the First All-Star team. Murphy, in his second season with the Giants collected awards for the Elite League’s Top Goal and Top Points scorer with 39 and 79 respectively.
Josh Roach joined Beskorowany and Murphy in the First All-Star team with Pat Dwyer and Kyle Baun named to the Second All-Star team.
Full list of awards for 2018/19 Elite League season
Player of the Year: Tyler Beskorowany
Coach of the Year: Adam Keefe
Netminder of the Year: Tyler Beskorowany
Defenceman of the Year: Gleason Fournier (Devils)
Forward of the Year: Darcy Murphy
British Player of the Year: Ciaran Long (Storm)
Young British Player of the Year: Jordan Cownie (Stars)
Top Points Scorer: Darcy Murphy (79 Points)
Top Goal Scorer: Darcy Murphy (39 Goals)
Top Assists: Mike Hammond (57 Assists – Storm)
Top Netminder: Tyler Beskorowany (2.25 GAA)
First All-Star Team
Netminder: Tyler Beskorowany
Defenceman: Gleason Fournier (Devils)
Defenceman: Josh Roach
Forward: Joey Martin (Devils)
Forward: Ben Lake (Blaze)
Forward: Darcy Murphy
Second All-Star Team
Netminder: Ben Bowns (Devils)
Defenceman: Calle Ackered (Flames)
Defenceman: Jesse Craige (Flames)
Forward: Pat Dwyer
Forward: Charles Linglet (Devils)
Forward: Kyle Baun