With also our Neo division concluding in some very exciting finals, we can now state that the historical ECL 10 season is completely over and it's time to enjoy some summer sun for the players! Work is going on behind the scenes to bring you bigger and better things in the future, so stay tuned.
It is always a challenge of it's own at the end of a season to give good and bad remarks about events that occurred over the course of the season, all the more so when a division like the Neo gives a hard time to the expected favorites.
Many were waiting for Pahat Pommittajat (2) or Ringette HC (1) on the top step of the podium to finish the season and yet neither of them even played in the final. For Pahat, the second seeding team in the regular season, things went smoothly until the third round of the playoffs where the Finns fell into the Evolution trap (41). It’s also the same team that forced Ringette to a game 5 in the next round. As a preamble, Ringette's big favorite status went down the drain in the semi-finals against ScandinavianFishingGroup.
If in the end the victory of Jarnkaminerna, 3-2, does not suffer from dispute as this formation has remained regular all season in front of the MVP of the season, goalkeeper @Fcoy_faze which is a name we will talk about in the future, let's try to see the season from the perspective of three other teams more or less chosen at random. Take Evolution, for example, 5th in a Group 1 ultra dominated by Ringette HC, this team has proven that the regular season is one thing and the playoffs are another. A 3-0 sweep of Dompa Poppers (24) in the 1st round and then from Bahamas Mamas (8) on the 3-1 mark, this team was one of the good surprises of ECL 10 Neo. Conversely, a team like Beastie Boys will without a doubt blame themselves for a poor performance in the regular season. Eliminated in the third round of the playoffs, the Germans paid dearly for a final seed probably not in line with the experience and talent of this team. Once again it goes to show that the playoffs are won or lost in the regular season. Still, even with a quality final ranking, we are never immune to surprise and this is unfortunately what happened to Grilli Tulille (7), Group 8 winners who faltered in the second round in a sweep at the hands of EIS Force Hockey (43).
We could thus continue for a long time a list which is ultimately quite complex to define. The 2nd Neo championship has again proven, not only its value, but also its immense complexity. 84 teams including some very strong and others much less had to fight to finally state that Jarnkaminerna would be the new champions. No doubt the next Neo championship will be just as difficult to predict and will once again reveal unexpected talents, just one of the great things we love about this division.
Individual awards of ECL 10 Neo 🏆
These awards are given to players who showed exceptional individual talent through whole season and helped their team in a race for the cup.
MVP of ECL 10 Neo: @Fcoy_faze Jarnkaminerna
Best centers of ECL 10 Neo:
1st. @kim_johan Ringette HC
2nd. @theMaddias Otukset
3rd. @A_K_I_I_T_T_O ScandinavianFisingGroup
Best wingers of ECL 10 Neo:
1st. @JF1891 Jarnkaminerna
2nd. @HessuM8 Otukset
3rd. @Xx_Zetterberg40 Ringette HC
Best defenders of ECL 10 Neo:
1st. @Idko123 Ringette HC
2nd. @juhkis96 Pahat Pommittajat
3rd. @Camelguy86 ScandinavianFishingGroup
Best goalkeepers of ECL 10 Neo:
1st. @Fcoy_faze Jarnkaminerna
2nd. @snaasigi ScandinavianFishingGroup
3rd. @Seteligame20 Ringette HC
Until next time, gamers! Enjoy your summer and rest up, all that energy will be needed once you get back on the ice soon.