Little named CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year

The ECHL on Wednesday announced that Mike Little of the Florida Everblades is the
CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year for 2014-15 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 Register of Ontario finished second, followed by Florida’s Cameron Burt, Aaron Gens of Allen and Colorado’s Collin Bowman.

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

Little, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, finished the season tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +46. He was second among defensemen with 54 points, tied for second with 41 assists and tied for sixth with 13 goals.

ECHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners

2015 Mike Little Florida Everblades
2014 Matt Register Ontario Reign
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