Andrew Randazzo named Easton Defenseman of the Year

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Friday announced that Andrew Randazzo of the Mississippi RiverKings has been selected as the Easton Defenseman of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives.

Now in his third season with the RiverKings, Randazzo led all defensemen with 38 points and 31 assists, while his +27 rating was tied with teammate Leo Thomas for best in the SPHL. Randazzo was also second among blue-liners with 11 power-play assists and 134 shots. Named to the All-SPHL First Team for the second consecutive season, Randazzo played three seasons for the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs, where he won the league’s Kevin Lowe Trophy as Best Defensive Defenseman in 2010-11.

Columbus’ Louis Belisle finished second in the balloting.

SPHL Defenseman of the Year Award Winners

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 RiverKings will host Game 2 of the First Round of the President's Cup Playoffs against the Pensacola Ice Flyers Friday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the Landers Center. Playoff tickets start at $6 at the Landers Center Box Office or at riverkings.com/ticketmaster. Fans are encouraged to wear green for a "Green Out" and those who do will save $2 on select tickets at the Box Office. Group packages for groups of 15 or more start at $5 and are available by calling the RiverKings front office at 662-342-1755.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The Mississippi RiverKings are supported by their community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and by program-related investments of the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com.

Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Andrew Randazzo was named Easton Defenseman of the Year in a vote by league coaches, general managers and media representatives. © John Coffin

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