Peterborough Phantoms have rewarded two of the most influential figures in their English Premier League Play-Offs triumph with long-term deals.
Player-coach Slava Koulikov has agreed a new three-year contract with the city club while captain James Ferrara has penned a two-year deal.
New Phantoms co-owner Dave Lane said: “Slava has proved over the past 18 months that he is a top-class coach who knows how to develop and motivate his players.
“As soon as the season was over we sat down with Slava and struck a deal to enable him to continue his development of the club.”
They are big boosts so soon after Phantoms captured their first trophy for six years with play-off victory in Coventry last weekend.
Koulikov said: “I’m happy to be back and hopefully I can continue the work I have been doing.
“We are definitely going to be competitive again next season in a strong league that is only going to get even stronger.
“Guildford and Manchester are going to get angry after not winning trophies last season and MK are another team who should be angry too.
“I’ve got to know James well since I came here and he is a great leader on and off the ice. He is a tremendous guy and having him secured for two years is important.”
The returns of Koulikov and Ferrara were announced during Phantoms’ end-of-season awards bash at the Park Inn hotel last night (April 11).
Latvian netminding sensation Janis Auzins unsurprisingly scooped the main player of the year accolade.
Full list of winners . . .
Player of the Year – Janis Auzins
Coach’s Player of the Year – James Ferrara
Players’ Player of the Year – Edgars Bebris
Young Player of the Year – Scott Robson
Defenceman of the Year – Tom Norton
Forward of the Year – Milan Baranyk
Phanforce Young Player of the Year – Cam McGiffin
Phanforce MVP – Milan Baranyk
Most Improved – Greg Pick
Unsung Hero – Dan Breen