Heard named CCM/ECHL Player of the Month

Florida Everblades’ forward Mitchell Heard has been named the CCM ECHL Player of the Month for March.

Heard scored seven goals, assisted on 12 others and was a +13 in 13 games, helping the Everblades to a 12-1-0 record during the month.

The 26-year-old picked up at least one point in 11 of his 13 games, including three three-point games - March 3 against Greenville, March 17 against Orlando and March 21 against Norfolk.

A native of Bowmanville, Ontario, Heard is tied for the Everblades’ team lead, and is tied for eighth in the league, with 65 points (24g-41a) in 61 games this season. He has also suited up in four games with Charlotte of the American Hockey League.

Heard has tallied 126 points (52g-74a) in 117 career ECHL games with Florida, Adirondack and Fort Wayne while adding 39 points (14g-25a) in 199 career AHL games with Charlotte, Stockton and Lake Erie.

Prior to turning pro, Heard recorded 144 points (67g-77a) in 171 career games with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.

Runners Up: Shane Conacher, Adirondack (12 gp, 8g, 10a, 18 pts.) and Josh Shalla, Indy (13 gp, 11g, 5a, 16 pts.).

Also Nominated: Garrett Thompson (Fort Wayne), Brady Brassart (Idaho), Joe Perry (Orlando), Matt Wilkins (Reading), Steven Whitney (South Carolina), Kyle Bonis (Toledo), Ryan Tesink (Tulsa), Brendan Harms (Utah), Troy Josephs (Wheeling) and Mark MacMillan (Wichita).