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Denver's Garett Bembridge Named CHL's Most Valuable Player

March 31, 2014 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

GLENDALE, AZ - The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that Garett Bembridge of the Denver Cutthroats has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Central Hockey League Most Valuable Player award along with winning the Joe Burton Scoring Championship. The MVP award goes to Bembridge following balloting among CHL head coaches, communications departments and selected media members in CHL markets

The MVP honor is "˜presented annually to the Central Hockey League player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team' and is determined through balloting of CHL coaches, communications staff members and selected media members in each market. The Joe Burton award is given annually to the league's leading scorer and is presented in honor of Joe Burton, the CHL's career leader with 985 points accumulated over 11 seasons with the Oklahoma City Blazers and the first person inducted into the CHL Hall of Fame.

Bembridge becomes the first Cutthroats player to win each award (team began in the 2012-13 season) finishing the season as the only CHL player to reach the 100-point plateau. The Melfort, Saskatchewan native finished the 2013-14 campaign with 104 points while also finishing as the league leader with 42 goals, 17 power play goals, 348 shots and was tied for the lead with nine game winning goals.

The veteran forward won the MVP award after earning the vote on more than half of the 41 ballots retuned (22 votes). Tulsa's Ben Gordon finished second in the voting with earning eight votes. The other finalists for the MVP award were Rapid City's Jesse Schultz, Denver's Troy Schwab and Missouri's Sebastien Thinel.

Bembridge jumped into the lead in league scoring in mid-November and never looked back. His 104 points were eight more than teammate Schwab who finished second in scoring with 25 goals and 71 assists (96 points).

CHL Scoring Leaders

Additionally, Bembridge finishes atop the Oakley Three Stars Player of the Year list finishing with 59 star points. The Cutthroats sniper finished with six first star honors, seven second star honors and eight third star nods. Player received five points for a first star, three points for a second star and one point for a third star. Arizona's Andrew Engelage finished second with 56 points. Missouri's Andrew Courtney finished third with 53 points and he received the most first star recognitions during the season with eight.

CHL Most Valuable Player Award (winners since 2001)

2013-14 - Garett Bembridge (Denver)

2012-13 - Sebastien Thinel (Missouri)

2011-12 - Brandon Marino (Quad City)

2010-11 - Riley Nelson (Colorado)

2009-10 - Kevin Ulanski (Colorado)

2008-09 - Sebastien Thinel (Odessa)

2007-08 - Jeff Bes (Laredo)

2006-07 - Jeff Christian (Youngstown)

2005-06 - Derek Hahn (Amarillo)

2004-05 - Greg Pankewicz (Colorado)

2003-04 - Jeff Bes (Laredo)

2002-03 - Don Parsons (Memphis)

2001-02 - Don Parsons (Memphis)

CHL Joe Burton Award (winners since 2001, named after Joe Burton starting in 2003-04)

2013-14 - Garett Bembridge (Denver)

2012-13 - Sebastien Thinel (Missouri)

2011-12 - Todd Robinson (Evansville)

2010-11 - Sebastien Thinel (Odessa)

2009-10 - Kevin Ulanski (Colorado)

2008-09 - Sebastien Thinel (Odessa)

2007-08 - Alex Leavitt (Arizona)

2006-07 - Jeff Christian (Youngstown)

2005-06 - Derek Hahn (Amarillo)

2004-05 - Jason Duda (Wichita)

2003-04 - Jeff Bes (Laredo)

2002-03 - Don Parsons (Memphis)

2001-02 - Dan Price (Austin)

2013-14 CHL Awards that have already been announced are:

CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year - Stuart Nichols, Tulsa Oilers

CHL Gunner Garrett Equipment Manager of the Year - Kacee Coberly, Allen Americans

All-Rookie Team - Vincent Arseneau (F, Denver), Alex Lavoie (F, Allen), Adam Pleskach (F, Tulsa), Lee Moffie (D, Denver), Henrik Odegaard (D, Missouri), Ty Rimmer (G, Quad City)

All-CHL Team - Garett Bembridge (F, Denver), Ben Gordon (F, Tulsa), Troy Schwab (F, Denver), Tyler Ludwig (D, Allen), Matt Stephenson (D, Missouri), Shane Owen (G, Missouri)

CHL Man of the Year - Calin Wild, Brampton Beast

CHL Rookie of the Year - Alex Lavoie, Allen Americans

CHL Most Outstanding Defenseman - Tyler Ludwig, Allen Americans

CHL Coach of the Year - Derek Armstrong, Denver Cutthroats

CHL Most Outstanding Goaltender - Andrew Engelage, Arizona Sundogs

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