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Fort Wayne's Sean Venedam named UHL Best Defensive Forward

April 22, 2005 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) News Release

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Friday that Fort Wayne Komets center Sean Venedam has been named the 2004-05 UHL Best Defensive Forward as selected by the league head coaches, general managers, and members of the media.

The 28-year-old native of Valley East, Ontario completed the regular season with 85 points (39g, 46a), which ranked 12th in the league. He had a plus-35 rating in 78 games, which ranked 4th in the UHL. His seven game-winning goals tied for the second most in the UHL.

Venedam was selected to Team Mountain Dew in the 2005 Pepsi UHL All-Star Classic in January. He also was named Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Month for December 2004. It is the third consecutive season that a member of the Fort Wayne Komets was selected as the UHL Best Defensive Forward (Colin Chaulk 2002-03, 2003-04).

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF UHL BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD

2003-04 Colin Chaulk, Fort Wayne

2002-03 Colin Chaulk, Fort Wayne

2001-02 Steve Gibson, Quad City

2000-01 Jason Ulmer, Quad City

1999-00 Jay Neal, Port Huron

1998-99 Paul Willett, Muskegon

1997-98 Brad Jones, B.C.

1996-97 Brian Downey, Madison

1995-96 Brian Downey, Madison

1994-95 Terry Menard, Thunder Bay

1993-94 Jamey Hicks, Brantford

1992-93 Todd Howarth, Thunder Bay

1991-92 Tim Bean, St. Thomas

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