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All-SPHL Teams Announced

March 21, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) News Release

HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Southern Professional Hockey League released the 2005-06 first and second teams today. Columbus led all teams with four players, while Knoxville had three and Fayetteville had two. Huntsville, Florida and Pee Dee all had one each.

Leading the first team was Knoxville forward, Kevin Swider, who led the league with 100 points and was tied for the league lead in assists with 66. Columbus forwards, Tim Green and Tylor Keller round out the front line of the first team. Keller tied Swider for the league lead in assists and finished the season with 94 points. Green led the league in goals with 41 and finished with 90 points.

Fayetteville's Mike Clarke and Columbus' Ryan Akia were named defensemen on the first team. Clarke led all defensemen with 67 points and had a +22, while Akia was second with 48 points and finished with a +20.

Huntsville goalie Matt Carmichael rounds out the first team. He led the league with a 2.75 goals against average and a 91.9 save percentage. He finished third in wins with 23 despite missing four weeks with an injured groin.

Forwards Jason Bermingham, Dean Jackson and Edan Welch lead the second team. Bermingham was tied for fifth with 76 points despite only playing in 48 games for Knoxville. Jackson led the FireAntz in scoring and was tied with Bermingham for fifth in the league. Welch led the Pee Dee Cyclones with 69 points.

Knoxville's Doug Searle and Columbus' Matt Ponto were named second-team defensemen. Searle finished the regular season with eight goals and 27 assists and a +30. Ponto finished with 13 goals and 29 assists and a +36.

Florida goalie, Terry Denike, rounds out the second team. He led the league in wins with 28 and minutes played with 2831:40. He finished third in goals against at 2.97 and fourth with a 91.0 save percentage.

Each Head Coach received a ballot and was allowed one vote and were not allowed to vote for any player on their team. The League then tallied the votes and selected the team based on the Coaches poll.

The SPHL MVP will be released tomorrow followed by the Defenseman of the Year on Thursday, Coach of the Year on Friday, Rookie of the Year on Monday and Goalie of the Year on Tuesday.

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