NEWS: Crowne-ing glory for GCA Awards
Photos by Al Goold
It was a night to enjoy for everyone associated with Glasgow Clan, sponsored by Aspray Glasgow West, as the annual GCA’s took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on the banks of the River Clyde.
The venue was as fitting as the occasion as the trials and tribulations of the season were put to one side for the social event of the year in the Clan calendar.
As ever, the turnout was fantastic as everyone let their hair to celebrate the prize winners and a good night was had by all.
Hosted, as ever, by Kevin McCoskrie and Gerry McLaughlin, they took us through the news headlines and an ice breaker game involving the life and career of Gabriel Chabot in the fun “Chabot or Not.”
Doctors John Thompson, Margaret Thompson and Marina Chitoni picked up the Unsung Hero Off-Ice award for their work and care with the team throughout the season.
For John and Margaret in particular, it was a poignant moment as they prepare to leave for a new life in Canada next month as they were shown messages from current and former Clan players and coaches to wish them well.
Chabot’s hard-working performances for the team through the course of the season didn’t go unnoticed when he received the Unsung Hero On-Ice accolade for his efforts.
Clan top scorer Gary Haden walked away with two awards as he was the recipient of the Players Player of the Year, as voted by his team-mates and the Coaches Player of the Year accolade.
Clan’s player-associate coach Dyson Stevenson was rewarded for his full-blooded efforts by the Purple Army when he was presented with the OSC Player of the Year by OSC chair Roddie Brown.
Mitch Jones retained his Defenceman Of The Year title for a second year while Steven McParland was the recipient of the Forward Of The Year award.
The prizes were rounded off when John Muse’s netminder heroics saw him pick up the Clan’s Most Valuable Player in recognition for his sterling performances during what has been a testing campaign at times.
The Clan would like to thank everyone who came out for a very successful evening as well as the players, coaches, off-ice staff, office and arena staff, media, volunteers as well as the OSC and Purple Army for being part of a great night.
The club would also like to thank the staff at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for their help and assistance in getting everything set up and DJ Smee Smith for his work.
Clan would also like to extend a huge thanks to the following businesses for sponsoring the awards too:
- Braehead Ice Arena
- Proximo 3
- CLS Fabrication Division
- Molson Coors
- XPand UK
- Ogilvie Group
- Action Coach