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Ice Bears' Mark Van Vliet Wins Back-To-Back Defenseman of the Year

March 28, 2012 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears News Release

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 28, 2012) - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Wednesday announced that for the second year in a row, Mark Van Vliet of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been selected as the SBK Defenseman of the Year in a vote of league coaches and media representatives.

Augusta's Ed Snetsinger finished second in the balloting.

The first two-time winner of the award, Van Vliet posted the third-highest single season point total (58) by a defenseman. Van Vliet led all defensemen with 44 assists and his 14 goals were second-most among blueliners. In addition, his +36 rating was tied for the league-high, while his 16 power play assists were second-best in the SPHL

SPHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners

2011-12 - Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville Ice Bears

2010-11 - Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville Ice Bears

2009-10 - Steve Weidlich, Mississippi Surge

2008-09 - Kevin Harris, Knoxville Ice Bears

2007-08 - Dan Vandermeer, Richmond Renegades

2006-07 - Brian Goudie, Richmond Renegades

2005-06 - Mike Clarke, Fayetteville FireAntz

2004-05 - Curtis Menzul, Knoxville Ice Bears

The SPHL will announce its Rookie of the Year on Thursday.

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