Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Phoenix Coyotes announced the winners of the club's 2007-08 season team awards. Coyotes' captain Shane Doan
earned the team MVP Award, the Coyotes’ Leading Scorer Award and the Hardest Working Player Award. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov won the 3-Star Award and defenseman Derek Morris
won The CORE Institute Man of the Year Award and the inaugural Beth Champie Memorial Award.
Doan, in his 12th NHL season (all with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets), led all Coyotes players with 28-49-77 in only 77 games to win the team's Leading Scorer Award and Hardest Working Player Award as voted on by fans through PhoenixCoyotes.Com. Doan was also selected as the team MVP by the Coyotes traveling media (The Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune, and the Coyotes' broadcast team). In addition to leading the Coyotes in goals, assists, and points, Doan became just the third player in franchise history to score at least 20 goals in eight straight seasons.
Ilya Bryzgalov earned 35 “3-Star” points throughout the 2007-08 Coyotes regular season to earn the 3-Star Award. Bryzgalov was selected as the game’s 1st star five times this season and recorded career highs in game played, wins and shutouts.
Morris earned The CORE Institute Man of the Year Award and Beth Champie Memorial Award by demonstrating dedication, commitment and passion to the community during the 2007-08 season. Morris was the Coyotes' most active player in the community during the season, making numerous appearances to local area schools. He also found time to visit many of the young patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital and Banner Children's Hospital, providing the children with hope and memorable experiences.