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Havoc garners regular season awards

March 28, 2007 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Huntsville Havoc News Release

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - is pleased to announce the first annual SPHL Franchise of the Year Award, being presented in a joint effort between the SPHL and

"The chance to co-sponsor this award with the SPHL is a wonderful opportunity for to recognize the fans of the SPHL and their readership of our website," Lou Lafrado, publisher of, said.

Criteria for a team's selection for SPHL Franchise of the Year included:

Charitable work in the community

Interaction between the team and fans, particularly season ticket holders

Giving back to the city which the team represents

Overall fan experience provided by the team, such as websites, merchandise, on-ice promotions and similar efforts

On-ice performance proudly names the Huntsville Havoc as the inaugural recipient of the SPHL Franchise of the Year Award. The Huntsville organization has earned this award through its commitment to the local community, its fans and the SPHL.

The Havoc led the SPHL in attendance drawing 109,615 fans for an average of 3,914 per game. Then on February 10, 2007, Huntsville set a Von Braun Center record for attendance to any event when the Havoc drew 7,083 for a match against the Knoxville Ice Bears.

Through a variety of community efforts, the Havoc raised $88,017 for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Army Emergency Relief, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America and the WAFF/Lee High School Memorial Fund. Huntsville charitable giving dealt from births, through the Huntsville Hospital Foundation; to unfortunate untimely death, when Lee High School students were killed in a tragic school bus crash.

Huntsville mayor, Loretta Spencer, supported the Havoc's charitable efforts with her checkbook, bidding for Travis Kauffeldt's jersey at an auction to benefit the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund, literally running down to the Von Braun Center after seeing the fundraising information on a pre-game local television broadcast. Her winning $3,200 bid became part of $55,000 total raised for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation's neonatal care center.

A certificate and check for $1,000 will be forwarded to the Huntsville Havoc to be donated to a charity chosen by the Havoc front office.

Defenseman Jonathan Lounsbury was also named first-team All-SPHL after capturing the scoring title for defensemen. He finished the season with 48 points, 44 coming on assists. He edged Richmond's Brian Goudie, who finished with 45.

Forward James Patterson and goaltender Matt Carmichael were both named second-team All-SPHL.

Patterson finished tied for fourth in the SPHL in scoring with 78 points, 26 goals and 52 assists. Carmichael was second in the SPHL in wins with 26 and finished with a 3.40 GAA and a 90.3 save percentage.

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