Guimond named 2012-13 ECHL Defenseman of the Year


PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Wednesday announced that
Sacha Guimond of the Gwinnett Gladiators is the ECHL Defenseman of the Year for 2012-13 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

The ECHL Defenseman of the Year award is presented annually to the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position.

Matt Case of Idaho finished second, followed by Reading’s Adam Comrie, Nick Tuzzolino of Utah and Toledo’s Wes O’Neill.

The winner of the Goaltender of the Year award will be announced on Thursday.

Guimond, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and to the All-ECHL First Team last week, led all ECHL defensemen with 37 assists and 49 points, and was fourth with 12 goals. He finished first among blue-liners with nine power-play goals and 29 power-play points while his 20 power-play assists were second among defensemen. Guimond has also appeared in six American Hockey League games with Worcester and Norfolk.

Guimond is just the third rookie in ECHL history to be named Defenseman of the Year joining Dayton’s Brandon Smith (1994-95) and Erie’s Kelly Szautner (1988-89).

ECHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners
 

YEARDEFENSEMANTEAM
   
2013Sacha GuimondGwinnett Gladiators
   
2012 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado Eagles
   
2011Eric ReganElmira Jackals
   
2010J.C. SawyerToledo Walleye
   
2009Dylan YeoVictoria Salmon Kings
   
2008Peter MetcalfAlaska Aces
   
2007Jon AweGwinnett Gladiators
   
2006Ryan GaucherAlaska Aces
   
2005Ray DiLauroWheeling Nailers
   
2004Corey NeilsonPensacola Ice Pilots
   
2003Jim BaxterMississippi Sea Wolves
   
2002Duncan DalmaoRoanoke Express
   
2001Tom NemethDayton Bombers
   
2000Tom NemethDayton Bombers
   
1999Chris ValicevicLouisiana IceGators
   
1998Chris ValicevicLouisiana IceGators
   
1997Chris ValicevicLouisiana Ice Gators
   
1996Chris ValicevicLouisiana IceGators
   
1995Brandon SmithDayton Bombers
   
1994Tom NemethDayton Bombers
   
1993Derek BoothToledo Storm
   
1992Scott WhiteGreensboro Monarchs
   
1991Brett MacDonaldNashville Knights
   
1990Bill WhitfieldVirginia Lancers
   
1989Kelly SzautnerErie Panthers