CHARLOTTE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League on Friday announced its 2010-2011 All-SPHL First Team as selected in a vote of SPHL coaches and media representatives.
2010-2011 All-SPHL First Team (statistics through March 24)
F - Chris Leveille, Fayetteville FireAntz (54 gp, 32 g, 41 a, 73 pts, 6 gwg, 5 ppg)
F - Chris Wilson, Pensacola Ice Flyers (54 gp, 39 g, 32 a, 71 pts, 8 gwg, 4 shg, +12)
F - Matt Auffrey, Augusta RiverHawks (54 gp, 21 g, 49 a, 70 pts, +23, 3 gwg)
D - Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville Ice Bears (42 gp, 14 g, 27 a, 41 pts, 5 ppg, 5 gwg)
D - Omar Pacha, Huntsville Havoc (54 gp, 7 g, 26 a, 33 pts, 11 ppa, +9)
G - Mark Sibbald, Huntsville Havoc (28 gp, 14-12, 2.56 gaa, .914 save%, 2 so)
Chris Leveille of the Fayetteville FireAntz, one of two players to make his second consecutive appearance on the All-SPHL First Team, currently leads the SPHL with 73 points. Leveille ranks third in goals (32) and fourth in both assists (41) and power-play assists (16).
Chris Wilson of the Pensacola Ice Flyers currently leads the SPHL in goals (39), game-winning goals (8) and shorthanded goals (4 - tied), while his 71 is second overall. Also named to the SPHL All-Rookie Team, Wilson ranks second among rookies with 32 assists and eight power-play goals.
Matt Auffrey of the Augusta RiverHawks currently leads the SPHL in plus-minus with a +23 rating, is second in assists (49) and third in points (70). Auffrey also leads the RiverHawks with 13 power-play assists.
Mark Van Vliet of the Knoxville Ice Bears also makes his second consecutive appearance on the All-SPHL First Team. Despite missing the past 12 games due to injury, Van Vliet still leads all defensemen in points (41), goals (14) game-winning goals (5) and shootout goals (2). Van Vliet is also second among blueliners with five power-play goals and third with 27 assists.
Omar Pacha of the Huntsville Havoc, another member of the SPHL All-Rookie Team, is third among all SPHL defensemen with seven goals and 33 points, while his 26 assists and +9 rating are both fourth best among blue-liners. Pacha's 11 assists on the power play also ties him for first among rookies.
Mark Sibbald of the Huntsville Havoc is currently second among goaltenders with a 2.56 goals against average and fourth in save percentage (.914). Sibbald's two shutouts are third best among SPHL netminders, while his 14 wins rank fifth in the league.
The SPHL will announce its Rookie of the Year on Monday.