Paisley Pirates recently held their end of season Player of the Year Presentation Night, at which time volunteers and players alike received their awards for their efforts over the course of the club’s most successful season to date.
In a year which had seen the club become Scottish National League champions for only the second time, and where they had been voted Team of the Year in a local poll, and a season which had seen club secretary Jackie Turley awarded the Lord Provost’s Trophy for Sporting Achievement, coach Ian Turley paid tribute to everyone who had contributed to a huge effort on and off the ice, from the players whose on-ice efforts had led to them clinching the league title in February with a 6-0 win in Dundee, to the army of volunteers and supporters who had helped make the Pirates one of the strongest clubs in Scottish ice hockey.
After each of the players had received a memento to mark their season with the club, and volunteers had similarly received a small souvenir to acknowledge their help, the following awards were announced:
Volunteer of the Year – Robert Smith (no image)
Most Improved Player of the Year – Euan McGlaughlan
Award for Effort and Aptitude – Martyn Guy
Difference Maker – Graeme Meechan
Players’ Player of the Year – Chris Turley/Chris Wilson
Supporters Club Player of the Year – Martyn Guy (receiving the Jim Liddell Trophy)
Most Valuable Player – David Orr