Ice Hockey
Shea Guthrie cleans up at Coventry Blaze awards

By Steve Carpenter 27/03 Updated: 28/03 09:24

CANDADIAN forward Shea Guthrie has been rewarded for an outstanding season by being named Blaze’s Player of the Year.

The 24-year-old has been the club's outstanding performer this season and is the team’s leading point-scorer with 30 goals and 48 assists in 58 games.

Guthrie, who has committed himself for another season at the Skydome, also landed the Players’ Player of the Year and Best Forward of the Year accolades.

British forward Robert Farmer, who is also back next season, also scooped three awards following an equally impressive campaign.

The 21-year-old has posted 51 points, 27 goals and 24 assists, in 59 games this season to put him fourth in the team’s scoring charts.

And he picked up the Clubman of the Year, the Best British Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player of the Year.

Elsewhere, Canadian Dustin Wood received the Coach’s Player of the Year and Defenceman of the Year awards after proving a rock on the blue-line.

Coach Paul Thompson was full of praise for Guthrie, Farmer and Wood after they dominated the awards night.

"It was a no-brainer for all three of them," he said.

"They scooped all the awards and they deserved to; they have been our best three players.

"Shea has been outstanding for us all season. He has been the catalyst for us and I am really excited to have him back next year.

"Dustin, in my eyes, is the best defenceman in the league and Robert is one of the best young British players in the league. He has taken his game on to another level."

Guthrie has also been named in Ice Hockey Journalists UK’s All-Star First Team while Farmer was voted the Best British Under-21 player.

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