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COYOTES ANNOUNCE ANNUAL TEAM AWARD WINNERS

Wednesday, 04.07.2010 / 10:00 PM / News
Arizona Coyotes
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes have announced the winners of the club's 2009-10 team awards. Coyotes' goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov earned the team MVP Award and the SRP Energy Three-Star Award. Wojtek Wolski won the Coyotes’ Leading Scorer Award, Vernon Fiddler won the Hardest Working Player Award while Jim Vandermeer won the Man of the Year Award. In addition, Keith Yandle won the Beth Champie Memorial Award presented by the Coyotes Booster Club.

Bryzgalov established a new franchise record for wins by a goaltender in a single season with 41 victories this year, which ranks 3rd in the NHL entering play tonight. In his first 67 games with the Coyotes this season, the Togliatti, Russia native has posted a record of 41-20-5 with a 2.30 goals against average (GAA) and a .920 save percentage (SV%). Bryzgalov also tied Nikolai Khabibulin’s 1998-99 franchise record for most shutouts in a single season when he recorded his eighth shutout of the campaign on Mar. 13 at Carolina. His eight shutouts are a career-high and rank him 2nd in the NHL. In addition to career-highs in wins and shutouts, Bryzgalov also established a new career-high in games played (67) and was named the First Star of the Game 13 times this season to lead the team. Bryzgalov, who was selected as the team MVP by the Coyotes media (The Arizona Republic, PhoenixCoyotes.com and the Coyotes’ television and radio broadcast teams), enters tonight’s game having started 50 of the last 59 games for the Coyotes, posting a record of 31-14-5 during that span.

Wolski leads all Coyotes players in points entering the 80th game of the season with 22-39-61 in 77 games to win the team’s Leading Scorer Award. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward set career-highs in assists (39) and points (61) and tied his career-high in goals (22) this season. Since being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Mar. 3, Wolski has collected 14 points in 15 games (5-9-14) with Phoenix. Wolski, whose current team is 4-0-1 when he scores a goal, also leads the Coyotes with a plus-19 rating.

Fiddler received the Coyotes Hardest Working Player Award as he leads the team in face-off percentage (53%) and is a vital part of the Coyotes penalty killing unit, leading the team with three shorthanded goals. Fiddler has collected 8-20-28 and 44 PIM in 73 games this season and ranks among team leaders in hits and blocked shots by a forward.

Vandermeer earned the Man of the Year Award for his dedication, commitment and passion for bettering the lives of those in the community during his first season as a member of the Coyotes. Vandermeer and his wife Stefanie participated in many community initiatives including adopting a class at Children First Academy, delivering food and blankets to Watkins Homeless Shelter and supporting the Teammates for Kids Foundation. Vandermeer’s charitable endeavors are an example of what it means to wholeheartedly support those who are less fortunate. Vandermeer has served as a role model to both his teammates and the community.

The Phoenix Coyotes Booster Club honored Yandle with the Beth Champie Memorial Award, which goes to the player who demonstrates the most dedication to the fans throughout the season.
 
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