|Barg MVP as season awards announced
As the MOAT: Melbourne Mustangs continue to celebrate being crowned the 2014 AIHL Champions, the AIHL also handed out several individual awards.
With players put forward and voted by teams, the AIHL Awards for 2014 were also announced in front of the capacity crowd as the Medibank Icehouse following the AIHL Grand Final, including best defenceman, rookie of the year, goalie of the year, Skater’s Network local player of the year and most valuable player.
Following an outstanding season where he topped the league’s scoring chart and broke his own Sydney Ice Dogs scoring record, Simon Barg was announced as the league’s 2014 MVP.
Scoring 23 goals and 47 assists for 70 points from 27 games (2.6 points per game) Simon Barg was a revelation for the Sydney Ice Dogs, carrying the 2013 premiers back into the semi-finals, where they were defeated by the new premiers, the Melbourne Mustangs.
Barg claimed the leading point scorers title from the CBR Brave’s Stephen Blunden by a solitary point. Blunden claimed the top goal scorers title with 36, 13 ahead of Barg in second place.
Barg also beat his own Ice Dogs record of 55 points in a season as well as the Ice Dogs’ assist record, which he previously held at 29.
After being announced the winner, Barg was humble.
“It's been an honour to play with a great group of guys and line mates and Australian Ice Hockey has been great to me and my family and it's been a blast,” Barg told theAIHL.com.
Following the birth of his first child earlier in the season, Barg and his family are planning to return to Canada and won’t return for next season but said he has enjoyed his two seasons in the AIHL with the Sydney Ice Dogs immensely.
The winners of the other awards were: