Aeros, Awe Agree To Terms

HOUSTON – The Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League announced that they have agreed to terms with ECHL Defenseman of the Year Jon Awe.

The Texas Wildcatters are the ECHL affiliate of the Aeros of the AHL and the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.

The 27 year old was named First Team All-ECHL after leading ECHL defensemen with 24 goals and 18 power-play goals and was second with 56 points and tied for second with three game-winning goals in 60 games. The 18 power-play goals breaks the ECHL record of 16 power-play goals set by Joe Cook of Columbus in 1993-94 and tied by four-time ECHL Defenseman of the Year and seven-time ECHL All-Star Chris Valicevic in 1995-96.

The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound Awe became only the fourth defenseman since 2000-01 to score 20 goals. He was voted to be a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game and set the record for hardest shot in the skills competition with 102.2 mph, easily breaking the mark of 99.3 mph set in 1999 by Jaroslav Obsut.

In his rookie season in 2005-06, Awe was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team after having 35 points (14g-21a) and 49 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games and nine points (5g-4a) and 16 penalty minutes in 17 games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the Gladiators.