LAFAYETTE, La. — Once the SPHL regular season concludes, the league will begin handing out awards to their exceptional players, coaches, and staff members. These awards, chosen by the teams and selected media members, are well deserved by those who win. Sadly, the voices of the fans are overlooked.
Not at The Sin Bin, however. Last season, we ran a series of polls to hand our fan’s choice awards. This season, we’ve embraced the madness and decided to put this season’s fan MVP choice in bracket form. By the end of the regular season on April 7th, you fans will have chosen The People’s MVP!
We chose 16 deserving players from across the league’s ten teams, sorted them out in some kind of order, and will conduct a series of contests on our Facebook page – facebook.com/sinbinsphl, and let the chips fall where they may. Here’s the list of the SPHL’s Super Sixteen!
- Jake Trask – Macon Mayhem: The league leader in points/game. Trask has 59 points in 47 games.
- Tomas Sholl – Evansville Thunderbolts: The best goaltender in two leagues in the same season.
- Berkley Scott – Knoxville Ice Bears: Leads the league in scoring with 61 points, now the second-best player on his team.
- Alec Hagaman – Peoria Rivermen: Tops in the SPHL with a +32 plus/minus.
- Dave Pszenyczny – Peoria Rivermen: The league’s highest-scoring defenseman with 46 points. Second in SPHL with 39 assists.
- Jake Hauswirth – Fayetteville Marksmen: Leads the SPHL in power play assists and points.
- Steve Mele – Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs: Fourth in the league in scoring with 55 points in 49 games.
- Gordon Defiel – Pensacola Ice Flyers: Second in the SPHL with a 2.61 GAA.
- Sy Nutkevitch – Huntsville Havoc: Leads the Havoc in scoring with 52 points.
- Devin Mantha – Mississippi RiverKings: Leads the league in power play goals with 11.
- Stuart Stefan – Huntsville Havoc: Leads SPHL defensemen with 11 goals scored.
- Garrett Milan – Pensacola Ice Flyers: Leads the league with 45 assists.
- Mavric Parks – Birmingham Bulls: Third among SPHL goaltenders with a .916 save percentage.
- Daniel Echeverri – Macon Mayhem: Leads defensemen with eight power play goals.
- David Brancik – Knoxville Ice Bears: Second among SPHL defensemen with 28 assists.
- Brad Barone – Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs: Tied for lead in save percentage with .917.
The first round matchups will run from March 23rd through March 26th. Immediately following the first round will be the quarterfinals on March 27th through March 30th. The semifinals will run from April 1st through April 4th and the matchup to decide the people’s MVP will run from April 5th through April 7th.
This year, the entire competition will take place on The Sin Bin SPHL Facebook page in the form of head-to-head polls. Your favorite player’s social media reach will be stretched to its limit, so share away with your friends and rack up enough votes to get your guy through!