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Arkansas’ Buddy Smith Wins ECHL Scoring Title


PRINCETON, N.J. – The East Coast Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Buddy Smith of the Arkansas RiverBlades is the 2002-03 recipient of the Leading Scorer Award.

Named to the All-ECHL First Team on Thursday, Smith led the ECHL with 74 assists and 104 points. It is the highest point and assists totals since 1999-2000 when John Spoltore of Louisiana led the ECHL with 92 assists and 119 points.

The 27-year-old Smith, who becomes the first player in team history to earn First-Team All-ECHL honors and the first to score 100 points, scored a career-high 30 goals while also setting career bests for assists and points. In his fourth season in the ECHL and his first full season with Arkansas, Smith was named as a starter for the Southern Conference in the 2003 Compuware/ECHL All-Star Game.

ECHL Leading Scorer Award Winners
2002-03 Buddy Smith, Arkansas RiverBlades 104 points
2001-02 Louis Dumont, Pensacola Ice Pilots 102 points
2000-01 Scott King, Charlotte Checkers 101 points
1999-00 John Spoltore, Louisiana IceGators 119 points
1998-99 John Spoltore, Louisiana IceGators 109 points
1997-98 Jamey Hicks, Birmingham Bulls 119 points
1996-97 Ed Courtenay, South Carolina Stingrays 110 points
1995-96 Hugo Belanger, Nashville Knights 144 points
1994-95 Scott Burfoot, Erie Panthers 97 points
1993-94 Phil Berger, Greensboro Monarchs 139 points
1992-93 Trevor Jobe, Nashville Knights 161 points
1991-92 Phil Berger, Greensboro Monarchs 130 points
1990-91 Stan Drulia, Knoxville Cherokees 140 points
1989-90 Bill McDougall, Erie Panthers 148 points
1988-89 Daryl Harpe, Erie Panthers 122 points

The East Coast Hockey League will announce the US Airways Man of the Year Award winner on Wednesday, April 2.