The Colorado Mammoth team voted defensemen Dan Coates and Robert Hope as the 2019 Teammates of the Year, awarding them both the Jay Jalbert Award.
Coates is now a two-time Jay Jalbert Award winner having been awarded Teammate of the Year in 2016. After sitting out the 2017-18 season due to an ACL injury, the 32-year-old St. Catharines, ON, native returned to the Mammoth defense in December 2018 for his eighth season, taking on the role of team captain for a third season. Coates reached the 100-game milestone against the Calgary Roughnecks on January 6 and hit 50 career assists on February 9 against the Philadelphia Wings.
Hope, an assistant captain in the 2018-19 season, has now won the Jay Jalbert Award for three-straight seasons (2017-19). In his fifth season with the Mammoth, the 27-year-old native of Peterborough, ON, hit a milestone in scooping his 500th loose ball on January 6 against the Calgary Roughnecks, going on to recover a team-leading 138 loose balls.
“Both Dan and Robert exemplify what it means to be a teammate,” said Mammoth play-by-play analyst Teddy Jenner. “On and off the floor, they are there for the other members of the Mammoth. A quiet voice, a stern conversation or chop in practice, leaders lead by example and these two continue to be the driving force.”