Higgins named Reebok ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year

The ECHL announced on Wednesday that Billy Higgins of the Wheeling Nailers is the 2013-14 recipient of the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year Award, presented by Reebok.

The winner is determined in a vote of the league’s equipment managers and athletic trainers. Reebok recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of ECHL equipment managers and will award Higgins a pair of custom Reebok ZigTech shoes in honor of his achievement.

Higgins has served as the Nailers’ equipment manager since the 2003-04 season, and has worked 792 consecutive regular-season games and 49 postseason games over that span. He was selected by his peers to serve as an equipment manager at the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game in Idaho. Prior to joining the team full-time, he spent three seasons as an assistant equipment manager with the club from 2000-03. The 32-year-old native of Wheeling has also served as an emergency back-up goaltender with the Nailers for over 100 games.

ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year

2014Billy HigginsWheeling Nailers
2013Adam Dexter
Orlando Solar Bears
2012 Ryan Martin Greenville Road Warriors
2011Mike BurkheadAlaska Aces
2010Ben LaingStockton Thunder
2009Pat NoeckerReading Royals
2008Pat NoeckerReading Royals
2006Chris BurkeFresno Falcons
2005John JenningsFlorida Everblades
 Russ HoldenReading Royals
2004John KrousePensacola Ice Pilots
2003Tom SeveraneCharlotte Checkers