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Ontario's Register Named CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year

April 16, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL on Wednesday announced that Matt Register of the Ontario Reign is the CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year for 2013-14 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

The ECHL Defenseman of the Year award is presented annually to the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position.

Sam Ftorek of Kalamazoo finished second, followed by Wheeling's Mike Ratchuk, Elgin Reid of Kalamazoo and Orlando's Blake Kessel .

The winner of the Goaltender of the Year award will be announced on Thursday.

Register, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, finished the season tied for second among ECHL defensemen with 14 goals and 44 points while his three game-winning goals were tied for fourth. His 30 assists were tied for sixth among blueliners and his +21 rating was second on the Reign.

ECHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners


2014 Matt Register Ontario Reign

2013 Sacha Guimond Gwinnett Gladiators

2012 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado Eagles

2011 Eric Regan Elmira Jackals

2010 J.C. Sawyer Toledo Walleye

2009 Dylan Yeo Victoria Salmon Kings

2008 Peter Metcalf Alaska Aces

2007 Jon Awe Gwinnett Gladiators

2006 Ryan Gaucher Alaska Aces

2005 Ray DiLauro Wheeling Nailers

2004 Corey Neilson Pensacola Ice Pilots

2003 Jim Baxter Mississippi Sea Wolves

2002 Duncan Dalmao Roanoke Express

2001 Tom Nemeth Dayton Bombers

2000 Tom Nemeth Dayton Bombers

1999 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators

1998 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators

1997 Chris Valicevic Louisiana Ice Gators

1996 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators

1995 Brandon Smith Dayton Bombers

1994 Tom Nemeth Dayton Bombers

1993 Derek Booth Toledo Storm

1992 Scott White Greensboro Monarchs

1991 Brett MacDonald Nashville Knights

1990 Bill Whitfield Virginia Lancers

1989 Kelly Szautner Erie Panthers

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