March 27, 2012 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Southern Professional Hockey League on Tuesday announced its 2011-2012 All-SPHL First Team as selected in a vote of SPHL coaches and media representatives.
2011-2012 All-SPHL First Team
F - Kevin Swider, Knoxville Ice Bears (56 gp, 31-65-96, +36, 10 ppg, 6 gwg)
F - Emery Olauson, Knoxville Ice Bears (56 gp, 44-44-88, +33, 17 ppa, 9 ppg, 5 gwg)
F - Jim Gehring, Augusta RiverHawks (56 gp, 41-24-65, +26, 7 gwg, 5 shg)
D - Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville Ice Bears (56 gp, 14-43-57, +35, 16 ppa)
D - Ed Snetsinger, Augusta RiverHawks (56 gp, 10-38-48, +36, 3 gwg, 5 ppg)
G - Ian Vigier, Columbus Cottonmouths (21-7-3, 2.56 gaa, .914 save%, 2 shutouts)
Kevin Swider of the Knoxville Ice Bears makes his record seventh appearance on the All-SPHL First Team. After spending one season as the Ice Bears' Director of Hockey Operations, Swider returned to lead the SPHL in scoring for the seventh time. His 65 assists were the third-highest total in league history while his +36 rating was tied for the league-high this season. Swider was also among the league leaders in goals (31 - third), power play goals (10 - third) and game-winning goals (6 - third).
Emery Olauson of the Knoxville Ice Bears led the SPHL with 44 goals and 217 shots this season, while his 88 points and 17 power play assists were both second-best. Olauson finished with the third-best plus/minus rating (+33) and was among the league leaders in power play goals (9 - fourth) and game-winning goals (5 - fourth).
Jim Gehring of the Augusta RiverHawks led the SPHL with five shorthanded goals (tied for third-most all time) and was second with 41 goals and seven game-winning goals. Gehring's 65 points were fourth-best this season while his +26 rating and eight power play goals were fifth-best.
Mark Van Vliet of the Knoxville Ice Bears makes his third consecutive appearance on the All-SPHL First Team, posting the third-highest single season point total (57) by a defenseman. Van Vliet also led all defensemen with 43 assists, while his 16 power play assists and +35 rating were both second-best in the SPHL
Ed Snetsinger of the Augusta RiverHawks tied for the league lead with a +36 rating, while his 48 points was second among defensemen. Snetsinger's three game-winning goals tied him for first among all blueliners and he was among the league leaders for defensemen in power play goals (5 - second), goals (10 - third), assists (38 - third) and power play assists (13 - fourth).
Ian Vigier of the Columbus Cottonmouths led all SPHL goaltenders with 21 wins and a .914 save percentage. His 2.56 goals against average and two shutouts were second-best while he was third in both minutes played (1877:13) and saves (854).
The SPHL will announce its Defenseman of the Year on Wednesday.