LAFAYETTE, LA — For the third year, The Sin Bin is proud to announce their SPHL All Star Team for 2018. Unlike the last two years, which the SPHL team was crafted to take on a fictional FHL All Star Team for an exhibition game, this season splits the league into northern and southern divisions for an intraleague three-on-three match.
Twenty-two players – twelve skaters, six defensemen, and four goaltenders – and two coaches were selected to this year’s squads. Four of the players – two forwards and two defensemen – were picked through a record-setting fan vote.
The highly competitive fan voting totaled an unbelievable 448,617 votes for 60 finalists, sparking some controversy as to possible automated voting. After discussions with many participants and within our own website staff, we are confident in the legitimacy of the voting results. Modern browser technology gives people the ability to cast votes with never-before-seen speed and efficiency. We at The Sin Bin are thankful for all of the SPHL fans – the best and most passionate fans in all of pro hockey – for their countless hours of casting votes for their favorite players.
This year’s All Star Team features seven two-time selections, including Macon Mayhem defenseman Daniel Echeverri – the only two-time fan vote winner. The other fan selections are Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs forward Riley Spraggs, Fayetteville Marksmen defender Brad Campagna, and Birmingham Bulls forward Nate Mitton. The teams will be helmed by a pair of newcomers. Pensacola Ice Flyers coach Jeff Bes leads the south team, while Evansville Thunderbolts boss Jeff Pyle is behind the north bench. The Ice Flyers, Huntsville Havoc, Macon Mayhem, and Peoria Rivermen each have three players in this year’s fictional midseason classic.
The look and feel of this year’s project were inspired by our “Host City” of Roanoke, Virginia. All of the graphics created during this year’s All Star season was in Rail Yard Dawgs colors and design elements from the “Star City.”
The Sin Bin 2018 SPHL All Star Team Rosters
|4||Michael Chen – D||Knoxville||8||Nate Mitton – F||Birmingham|
|5||Dave Pszenyczny – D||Peoria||10||Daniel Echeverri – D||Macon|
|9||Berkley Scott – F||Knoxville||10||Nolan Kaiser – D||Huntsville|
|11||Steve Mele – F||Roanoke||10||Devin Mantha – F||Mississippi|
|17||Alec Hagaman – F||Peoria||18||Jessyko Bernard – F||Pensacola|
|19||Jake Hauswirth – F||Fayetteville||19||Sy Nutkevitch – F||Huntsville|
|24||Dylan Clarke – F||Evansville||29||Jake Trask – F||Macon|
|26||Riley Spraggs – F||Roanoke||30||Greg Dodds – G||Macon|
|30||Eric Levine – G||Peoria||35||Gordon Defiel – G||Pensacola|
|39||Tomas Sholl – G||Evansville||55||Kyle Haines – D||Pensacola|
|44||Brad Campagna – D||Fayetteville||58||Christian Powers – F||Huntsville|
|HC||Jeff Pyle||Evansville||HC||Jeff Bes||Pensacola|