Saturday, April 2, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today the team awards winners for the 2015-16 NHL season. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson won the BMW Team MVP Award and the Desert Schools Leading Scorer Award. Coyotes Captain Shane Doan won the Ganem Jewelers Three-Star Award while Jordan Martinook captured the Arizona Lottery Jukka Nieminen Memorial Trophy. Defenseman Michael Stone was selected as the Gila River Casinos Man of the Year Award for his dedication to the community.
The 24-year-old Ekman-Larsson leads the team in points (51) for the second consecutive season. He is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in total points with 20-31-51 in 70 games. His 12 power-play goals lead the Coyotes and rank tied for second among League blueliners. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Ekman-Larsson established a new NHL record for game-winning goals in a season by a defenseman with eight entering tonight’s game vs. Washington. Ekman-Larsson is tied for the team lead in assists (31), is first in time-on-ice/game (24:40), shots (216), and power-play points (27) and leads the NHL in power-play time-on-ice/game (5:11) to win the BMW Team MVP Award. The Coyotes broadcast media along with beat writers from the Arizona Republic and ArizonaSports.com voted for the award.
Now in his sixth season with the Coyotes, Ekman-Larsson’s 51 points are tied as the third-highest single season point total by a defenseman in Coyotes history. Additionally, the Karlskrona, Sweden native became the second defenseman in franchise history to score 20 goals in back-to-back seasons to capture the Desert Schools Leading Scorer Award.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan earned 29 star points in 2015-16 to win the Ganem Jewelers Three Star Award. The 6-foot-1, 223-pound Doan has scored a team-leading 26 goals and registered 26-18-44 in 67 games this season. It marks the eighth time in Doan’s career that he has scored 26 or more goals in a season (last time was 2008-09 when he scored 31). Doan, who is finishing his 20th NHL season, also became the franchise’s all-time leader in goals (394), points (942) and power-play goals (125).
In his rookie season, Martinook has recorded 9-15-24 in 76 games. Entering tonight’s game, the 23-year-old Martinook ranks second among Arizona forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice/game (2:30) and leads the team in shorthanded points (1-1-2). He is one of three NHL rookies with multiple shorthanded points this season. Martinook was selected as the Arizona Lottery Jukka Nieminen Memorial Trophy winner by fans who voted at ArizonaCoyotes.com.
Stone earned the Gila River Casinos Man of the Year Award for his dedication, commitment and passion for bettering the lives of those in the community during his fifth season as a member of the Coyotes. The 25-year-old defenseman continues to be very active in the Arizona community through numerous charities. Stone and his wife Michelle’s organization, Stone’s Stars, hosts kids at Coyotes games and will be hosting a day long hockey tournament for local non-profits this summer. In addition, Stone served as a mentor with Boys Hope Girls Hope this season, spent time with the Foundation for Blind Children and was actively involved in several Coyotes youth hockey clinics and other outreach activities. Stone was recognized with a community leadership award from the local organization Linking Sports & Communities. The organization recognizes student and professional athletes who make an effort to affect the lives of youth.