Voting Begins For 2005
CCM Man of the Year

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL in association with The Hockey Company announced on Tuesday that nominations are now be accepted for the CCM Man of the Year award, presented to an ECHL player for his outstanding community service as well as sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

CCM will donate a set of helmets, gloves and apparel to a youth hockey team of the winner’s choice. The Hockey Company is the exclusive supplier of hockey sticks, helmets, visors, gloves, pants and protective equipment for all 28 teams in the ECHL as well as an official supplier of authentic and replica jerseys. The Hockey Company also has the exclusive rights to supply ECHL on-ice officials with jerseys, visors, helmets, and pants.

“CCM is proud to partner with the ECHL in honoring the 2005 CCM Man of the Year. This award was created to recognize an ECHL player that works hard on the ice and in the community, who shows commitment to the game and who is true to his work ethic and beliefs, which embodies the CCM spirit,” said Len Rhodes, Vice-President of Product Creation and Global Marketing for The Hockey Company. “The 2005 CCM Man of the Year is truly born to play.”

Beginning Tuesday and continuing until March 31, fans will be able to log onto to cast ballots for the CCM ECHL Man of the Year. The fan votes will be tabulated in conjunction with votes from ECHL general managers and coaches to determine the CCM ECHL Man of the Year.

Entries can also be submitted by clicking the “CCM ECHL Man of the Year” advertisement on the Network banner on the team web sites of Alaska, Atlantic City, Augusta, Bakersfield, Charlotte, Columbia, Dayton, Florida, Fresno, Greenville, Gwinnett, Idaho, Johnstown, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pee Dee, Pensacola, Peoria, Reading, San Diego, South Carolina, Texas, Toledo, Trenton, Victoria and Wheeling.