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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
 

YEAR DEFENSEMAN TEAM
     
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