HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 16, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Monday announced that Dave Pszenyczny of the Peoria Rivermen has been selected as the SPHL Defenseman of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives.
Huntsville’s Stuart Stefan and Macon’s Daniel Gentzler finished tied for second in the balloting.
Pszenyczny led SPHL defensemen in points (50), assists (43), power play assists (13), game-winning goals (three - tied) and penalty minutes (134). His 43 assists and 50 points are both fourth-most by a defenseman in a season in SPHL history. Pszenyczny also finished second (tied) among blueliners with a +24 rating.
SPHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners
2017-18 - Dave Pszenyczny, Peoria Rivermen
2016-17 - Louis Belisle, Pensacola Ice Flyers
2015-16 - Brandon Greenside, Peoria Rivermen
2014-15 - Andrew Randazzo, Mississippi RiverKings
2013-14 - Stuart Stefan, Huntsville Havoc
2012-13 - Andrew Smale, Fayetteville FireAntz
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 Tuesday.
(Photo credit: Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen)