Knoxville's Mark Van Vliet Named SBK Defenseman of the YearMarch 28, 2012 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
Augusta's Ed Snetsinger finished second in the balloting.
The first two-time winner of the award, Van Vliet posted the third-highest single season point total (58) by a defenseman. Van Vliet led all defensemen with 44 assists and his 14 goals were second-most among blueliners. In addition, his +36 rating was tied for the league-high, while his 16 power play assists were second-best in the SPHL
SPHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners
2011-12 - Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville Ice Bears
2010-11 - Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville Ice Bears
2009-10 - Steve Weidlich, Mississippi Surge
2008-09 - Kevin Harris, Knoxville Ice Bears
2007-08 - Dan Vandermeer, Richmond Renegades
2006-07 - Brian Goudie, Richmond Renegades
2005-06 - Mike Clarke, Fayetteville FireAntz
2004-05 - Curtis Menzul, Knoxville Ice Bears
The SPHL will announce its Rookie of the Year on Thursday.
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- Ice Bears' Mark Van Vliet Wins Back-To-Back Defenseman of the Year - Knoxville Ice Bears
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