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

 

YEARDEFENSEMANTEAM
   
2014Matt RegisterOntario Reign
   
2013 Sacha GuimondGwinnett Gladiators
   
2012 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado Eagles
   
2011Eric ReganElmira Jackals
   
2010J.C. SawyerToledo Walleye
   
2009Dylan YeoVictoria Salmon Kings
   
2008Peter MetcalfAlaska Aces
   
2007Jon AweGwinnett Gladiators
   
2006Ryan GaucherAlaska Aces
   
2005Ray DiLauroWheeling Nailers
   
2004Corey NeilsonPensacola Ice Pilots
   
2003Jim BaxterMississippi Sea Wolves
   
2002Duncan DalmaoRoanoke Express
   
2001Tom NemethDayton Bombers
   
2000Tom NemethDayton Bombers
   
1999Chris ValicevicLouisiana IceGators
   
1998Chris ValicevicLouisiana IceGators
   
1997Chris ValicevicLouisiana Ice Gators
   
1996Chris ValicevicLouisiana IceGators
   
1995Brandon SmithDayton Bombers
   
1994Tom NemethDayton Bombers
   
1993Derek BoothToledo Storm
   
1992Scott WhiteGreensboro Monarchs
   
1991Brett MacDonaldNashville Knights
   
1990Bill WhitfieldVirginia Lancers
   
1989Kelly SzautnerErie Panthers