Jereme Tendler is Stingrays' player of the year
COACH Sylvain Cloutier says triple award winner Jereme Tendler is the perfect player to build his Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays team around for the 2013-14 season.
The Canadian forward, 29 topped the voting in the player of the year, players' player and top forward categories at last night's club awards.
"Tendz is key to our team, he's a player we need to build the team around and has been for the last three seasons," said Cloutier.
"He was brought in to score goals and put up the points and he has and he can also kill penalties too.
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"He's a team guy and is great in the dressing room, and that's why he got the players' vote too.
"He does a lot of the little things that people don't see and that's why we keep bringing him back."
Coach's player of the year was fellow Canadian Jeff Smith.
Cloutier said the defenceman is a perfect role model, adding: "Some people are here because they are worried about their name and how popular they are, Jeff's more worried about the team. He has done everything I've asked of him, playing hurt all season."
The Rapid Solicitors Stingrays' defenceman of the year was captain Kurtis Dulle and the most improved player forward Matty Davies.
Ryan Hand topped the voting as fans' favourite, but despite his fights endearing him to supporters, his all-round game has proved so poor he is surely unlikely to return next season.
He could even have already played his last game, having been handed a match penalty for fighting in Dundee on Sunday.
The Elite League disciplinary panel could increase the tariff, ruling him out of Stingrays' clashes against Sheffield and Coventry.
More likely is Cloutier will miss the full weekend, after picking up a travesty of the game match penalty, in an incident sparked by Dundee's Jeff Hutchins' challenge on Dominic Osman.