Register named CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year

The ECHL on Wednesday announced that Matt Register of the Ontario Reign is the CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year for 2013-14 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.

Sam Ftorek of Kalamazoo finished second, followed by Wheeling’s Mike Ratchuk, Elgin Reid of Kalamazoo and Orlando’s Blake Kessel.


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


Register, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, finished the season tied for second among ECHL defensemen with 14 goals and 44 points while his three game-winning goals were tied for fourth. His 30 assists were tied for sixth among blueliners and his +21 rating was second on the Reign

ECHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners


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