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

2013 Sacha Guimond Gwinnett Gladiators
2012 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado Eagles
2011 Eric Regan Elmira Jackals
2010 J.C. Sawyer Toledo Walleye
2009 Dylan Yeo Victoria Salmon Kings
2008 Peter Metcalf Alaska Aces
2007 Jon Awe Gwinnett Gladiators
2006 Ryan Gaucher Alaska Aces
2005 Ray DiLauro Wheeling Nailers
2004 Corey Neilson Pensacola Ice Pilots
2003 Jim Baxter Mississippi Sea Wolves
2002 Duncan Dalmao Roanoke Express
2001 Tom Nemeth Dayton Bombers
2000 Tom Nemeth Dayton Bombers
1999 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators
1998 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators
1997 Chris Valicevic Louisiana Ice Gators
1996 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators
1995 Brandon Smith Dayton Bombers
1994 Tom Nemeth Dayton Bombers
1993 Derek Booth Toledo Storm
1992 Scott White Greensboro Monarchs
1991 Brett MacDonald Nashville Knights
1990 Bill Whitfield Virginia Lancers
1989 Kelly Szautner Erie Panthers