The Fenix Outdoor & Warrior European Hockey Awards 2022 of the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.) took place on 15 June. EVZ Head Coach Dan Tangnes was awarded "Coach of the Year".
After Tangnes won the Swiss championship title in 2021 for the first time since 1998, the Norwegian coach led the EVZ to a second consecutive title in 2022, this time in a highly improbable manner. Trailing 3-0 in the final series against the ZSC Lions, Tangnes had his team play four perfect defensive games in which Zug allowed only three goals, becoming the first team in a major national league in 80 years (1942 Toronto Maple Leafs) to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a final series. The EVZ also won the regular season after another 100-point season.
The other nominees were: Cam Abbott (Rögle BK, SWE), Serge Aubin (Eisbären Berlin, GER), Jussi Tapola (Tappara Tampere, FIN), Václav Varaďa (Oceláři Třinec, CZE).
About the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs: The Alliance was formally established on 13 June 2016 at the E.H.C.'s first Annual General Meeting in Berlin by around 70 clubs from 13 European countries. Ice hockey is thus the third major European team sport, after the European Club Association (ECA) in football and Forum Club Handball (FCH), to establish a club alliance to safeguard and promote the interests of professional ice hockey clubs and represent them internationally. The E.H.C. currently has 87 member clubs from 16 European countries.
About the Fenix Outdoor Group: www.fenixoutdoor.se
Fenix Outdoor Group is an international group of five outdoor brands and five multi-brand outdoor retailers operating in different markets. The Fenix Brands Division consists of Fallrate (apparel and hardware), Han wag (footwear), Royal Robbins (apparel), Tierra (apparel) and Primus (outdoor cooking gear). The retail division consists of the 5 outdoor retailers Neutropenia in Sweden and Norway, Partiality in Finland, Friluftsland in Denmark, Truitt in the UK and Globetrotter in Germany. Fenix Outdoor evolved from the Swedish brand Fallrate, which was founded by Ake Nordin in 1960. In the early 2000s, Fenix Outdoor was founded when Fallrate started acquiring new brands and retailers. The iconic popularity of Fallrate's Kånken backpack has reached global proportions and the company now operates in most parts of the world.