NFL, MLB, CFL stats

SPHL Defenseman of the Year

March 23, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) News Release

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Fayetteville FireAntz defenseman, Mike Clarke, has been named the SPHL Defenseman of the Year in a vote by the league's seven coaches.

Clarke played in 55 games for the FireAntz this season and scored nine goals and added 58 assists. He also posted a +22. He led all SPHL defensemen with 67 points. He also finished second on the FireAntz in scoring. He recorded four power play goals, one short-handed goal and one game-winning goal.

"I've gotten a great opportunity to get a lot of ice time this season." Mike Clarke added, "Being an offensive defenseman I have to rely on my teammates and this award is a direct reflection on them."

Clarke played in 43 games for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL last season and scored two goals and added eight assists.

"Mike has excelled with the FireAntz this season, logging a ton of ice time." FireAntz Head Coach Derek Booth said, "I think Mike is well deserving of this award. Few defensemen can do the things that Mike Clarke does and the FireAntz are lucky to have him."

Fayetteville will travel to Florida tomorrow night for game one in the best-of-three series with the Florida Seals. Game two is set for Saturday night in Fayetteville.

• Discuss this story on the Southern Professional Hockey League message board...

Southern Professional Hockey League Stories from March 23, 2006

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew
OurSports Central