(photo: Lee Calkins)
The ECHL 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.
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.
This marks the first time that any Reign player has received an end of season award. Register is also the first Ontario player to have been named to the ALL-ECHL First Team.
In his second season with the Reign, Register has been a consistent performer and earned 70% of his offensive production while the team played full strength. In his junior career, Register received the AJHL Most Outstanding Defenseman and Most Points by a Defenseman for the 2009-2010 season, as well as being named to the AJHL All-Star Team for the same year.