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.
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|