Cesky nets top EPL award

Saturday, 27th March 2010

Jaroslav Cesky landed the English Premier League player of the year after a stunning debut season for Bracknell Bees.

The Czech forward, who had posted more than 100 points at an average of more than two a game, said: “I really enjoy playing here in Bracknell. It's a great organisation with fans who have stood behind us all season long.

“This award is a real honour - it's a fantastic league, with great players, especially the imports, many of whom I played against in the United States. I never thought I would get this kind of award. It's greatly appreciated by me, I'm shocked."

Russell receives coach accolade

Peter Russell scooped the EPL coach of the year gong after steering Slough Jets to a second-placed finish in his first season in charge after replacing Steve Moria.

Russell, who also helped Great Britain Under-20s to World Championship gold, said: “I don't think anyone expected us to be where we are, it's been a good season and it's so nice to be recognised.

“It's still been tough - we played with three imports for a lot of the season - but the mix in the team has been fantastic. The league is tougher than ever but this has been the most fun I've had."

EPL`s first All-Star team - Goaltender: Gregg Rockman (Slough Jets); Defencemen: Leigh Jamieson (Milton Keynes Lightning), Lukas Zatopek (Milton Keynes Lightning); Forwards: Tony Hand (Manchester Phoenix), Jaroslav Cesky (Bracknell Bees), Blaz Emersic (Slough Jets).

EPL`s second All-Star team - Goaltender: Barry Hollyhead (Milton Keynes Lightning); Defencemen: Mindy Kieras (Basingstoke Bison), James Morgan (Peterborough Phantoms); Forwards: Ed Courtenay (Manchester Phoenix), Ondrej Lauko (Basingstoke Bison), Michal Pinc (Bracknell Bees).