Russell claims Coach of the Year crown

Russell has been voted top coach in DEL 2 in his first season (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

Great Britain head coach Pete Russell has won Germany’s DEL 2 Coach of the Year after a successful year with his club side, EHC Freiburg.

The Wolves went from a relegation contender to finishing third in the overall standings under Russell, who left Glasgow Clan last year to take over and has been rewarded for his efforts.

“I am overjoyed to be awarded the coach of the year in DEL2,” Russell told the DEL2 website.

Russell left Glasgow last year to take up the reins at Freiburg (PHOTO: Tony Sargent)

“It is a great achievement. Without such a great team, Daniel Heinrizi and the whole club, that would not have been possible. I couldn’t be happier. Coming from Great Britain, to receive such an award in my first year in Germany is fantastic and I thank everyone for it.”

Freiburg’s hopes of taking their regular season form into the play-offs were denied when the league was shut down because of the coronavirus, which meant they couldn’t fulfil their first round best-of-seven contest against Ravensburg Towerstars, who are coached by former Nottingham Panthers boss Rich Chernomaz.

Ben Meisner, Russell’s netminder at Freiburg and the club itself won awards for Goalie of the Year and the DEL 2 Fair Play award to cap off a good season for the side.

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