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The Player of the Year Trophy is an award given by Ice Hockey Journalists UK (formally the British Ice Hockey Writers Association) to the MVP in the Elite League and the English Premier League at the end of each season. In previous seasons it has been awarded to players in the British Hockey League's Premier and First Divisions, the Super League and the British National League. The trophy was first awarded in 1985.
Tony Hand has won the trophy the most times, with a total of five awards. Steve Moria has won three times. Rick Fera, Mark Morrison, Scott Morrison, Lukas Smital and Randy Smith have each won the trophy on two occasions.
Player of the Year Trophy winnersEdit
|Season||Elite League||Premier League|
|2008–09||David Beauregard (Manchester)||Steve Moria (Slough)|
|2007-08||Adam Calder (Coventry)||Steve Moria (Slough)|
|2006-07||Mark Smith (Cardiff)||Lukas Smital (Bracknell)|
|2005-06||Theo Fleury (Belfast)||Kyle Amyotte (Romford)|
|2004-05||Tony Hand (Belfast)</br> Neal Martin (Coventry)||Lukas Smital (Bracknell)|
|2003-04||Jason Ruff (Belfast)||Tony Hand (Edinburgh)|
|2002-03||Joel Laing (Sheffield)||Jody Lehman (Coventry)|
|2001-02||Kevin Riehl (Belfast)||Tony Hand (Dundee)|
|2000-01||David Longstaff (Sheffield)||Mark McArthur (Guildford)|
|1999-00||Ed Courtenay (Sheffield)||Stephen Murphy (Fife)|
|1998-99||Frank Pietrangelo (Manchester)||Perry Pappas (Slough)|
|1997-98||Rob Dopson (Ayr)||Mark Morrison (Fife)|
|1996-97||Steve Lyle (Cardiff)||Claude Dumas (Telford)</br> Mark Morrison (Fife)|
|Premier Division||First Division|
|1995-96||Randy Smith (Cardiff)||Shawn Byram (Manchester)|
|1994-95||Randy Smith (Peterborough)||Steve Moria (Swindon)|
|1993-94||Doug Smail (Fife)||Patrick Scott (Milton Keynes)|
|1992-93||Tony Hand (Murrayfield)||Rick Fera (Basingstoke)|
|1991-92||Dan Dorion (Nottingham)||Richard Laplante (Fife)|
|1990-91||Rick Brebant (Durham)||Scott Morrison (Humberside)|
|1989-90||Steve Moria (Cardiff)||Gerard Waslen (Telford)|
|1988-89||Tony Hand (Murrayfield)||Luc Chabot (Medway)|
|1987-88||Scott Morrison (Whitley)||Kevin Conway (Telford)|
|1986-87||Rick Fera (Murrayfield)||Garry Unger (Peterborough)|
|1985-86||Tim Salmon (Ayr)||Brad Schnurr (Solihull)|
|1984-85||Dave Stoyanovich (Fife)||Not awarded|