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Higgins named Reebok ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year


The ECHL announced on Wednesday that Billy Higgins of the Wheeling Nailers is the 2013-14 recipient of the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year Award, presented by Reebok.

The winner is determined in a vote of the league’s equipment managers and athletic trainers. Reebok recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of ECHL equipment managers and will award Higgins a pair of custom Reebok ZigTech shoes in honor of his achievement.

Higgins has served as the Nailers’ equipment manager since the 2003-04 season, and has worked 792 consecutive regular-season games and 49 postseason games over that span. He was selected by his peers to serve as an equipment manager at the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game in Idaho. Prior to joining the team full-time, he spent three seasons as an assistant equipment manager with the club from 2000-03. The 32-year-old native of Wheeling has also served as an emergency back-up goaltender with the Nailers for over 100 games.

ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year

     
YEAR WINNER TEAM
     
2014 Billy Higgins Wheeling Nailers
     
2013 Adam Dexter
Orlando Solar Bears
     
2012 Ryan Martin Greenville Road Warriors
     
2011 Mike Burkhead Alaska Aces
     
2010 Ben Laing Stockton Thunder
     
2009 Pat Noecker Reading Royals
     
2008 Pat Noecker Reading Royals
     
2006 Chris Burke Fresno Falcons
     
2005 John Jennings Florida Everblades
  Russ Holden Reading Royals
     
2004 John Krouse Pensacola Ice Pilots
     
2003 Tom Severane Charlotte Checkers