Raiders hero Ranson ‘honoured’
PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 April 2015
Youngster shocked with awards hat-trick
Jacob Ranson admitted it was a ‘real honour’ to be named the London Raiders Supporters’ Player of the Year at the club’s end of season awards night.
Ranson, 19, got 56 per cent of the fans’ vote to join an illustrious list of winners, including some of his own favourite players of the past.
He said: “Getting the Supporters’ Player of the Year is a real honour, as the Raiders would not be running if it was not for the fans stepping up this season.
“It feels amazing that, after all of their hard work to keep us on the ice, so many of them choose me for this award.”
Previous winners include the Raiders’ original ice hockey heroes Gord Jeffrey, Marc Chartier and Rob Stewart, as well as all-time leading points scorer Danny Marshall.
And Ranson follows in the footsteps of home-grown products such as Billy Phillips, Shane Kemp and David Oliver in winning the award in recent years.
He added: “Joining that long list of names is a great feeling, as I have grown up watching and supporting the team since I was five.
“If you look on that list most of the names are legends amongst the gold and blue ranks.
“Some of my favourite players from over the years are on the list and I am pretty sure I have some of their autographs still in a scrapbook somewhere indoors!”
Ranson, an ever-present during the 2014/season, also walked off with the Players’ Player of the Year prize after getting the vote from his team-mates and said that was a special feeling.
He added: “Winning Players’ Player on the night was amazing as well as it means the guys you’re playing with respect you and think you have worked hard all season long.
“That’s a good place to be, especially considering I have enjoyed every minute of playing with this group of guys and learnt a lot from them.”
Completing a hat-trick of top awards, Ranson was also the pick of coach Alan Blyth and admitted it was a big shock.
He said: “After the other two awards, I did not expect to get called up again for Coaches Player of the year, so it was a great surprise.
“I cannot thank Blythy enough for giving me loads of ice time and putting me up on to the first line.
“It was a great feeling to have won three awards for my boyhood team and I’d really like to thank the fans and management for sticking by us when times got really tough.”
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