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Syracuse Crunch Present 2015-16 Team Awards

April 16, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Syracuse Crunch presented the following 2015-16 team awards prior to tonight's contest against the Utica Comets.

Bryant & Stratton "Smart Player" of the Year Award - #37 Yanni Gourde

This award goes to the player recognized as the smartest player on the ice throughout the year. He is in the right place at the right time to make the necessary play.

Davis-Ulmer "Crunch Protector" of the Year - #82 Luke Witkowski

This award goes to the player who is always first to stick up for his teammates.

Eastern Shore Associates "Most Improved" Player of the Year - #92 Joel Vermin

This award goes to the player who has shown the most improvement throughout the year.

Ephesus "Brightest Prospect"/Rookie of the Year Award - #22 Matthew Peca

This award goes to the best prospect of the year.

Gannon Pest Control "Pest of the Year" Award - #71 Tanner Richard

This award goes to the player who was voted by the fans as the hardest to play against for an opposing team.

NBT Bank "Plus/Minus Player of Year" Award - #37 Yanni Gourde

This award goes to the most dependable Crunch player, the one who leads the team in the plus/minus category. Gourde leads the team at plus-8.

Lamacchia Power Forward of the Year Award - #16 Tye McGinn

This award goes to the team's best power forward.

IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year - #10 Mike Angelidis

This award recognizes a Crunch player for exemplary community service.

U.S. Army Defender of the Year - #20 Matt Taormina

This award goes to the team's best defenseman.

RE/MAX MVP Award - #20 Matt Taormina

This award goes to the most valuable player on the ice.

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