Whitehead, Randazzo named to All-SPHL First Team

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League on Thursday announced its 2014-2015 All-SPHL First Team as selected in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives. Mississippi RiverKings forward Matt Whitehead was named one of three All-SPHL First Team forwards and Andrew Randazzo was named one of two All-SPHL First-Team defensemen. 

Whitehead, 30, led the RiverKings with 56 points (21g, 35a) in 56 games and he finished third in the SPHL with 35 assists. He was also third with a plus-21 rating and his 56 points ranked fifth overall in the SPHL. He finished the regular season with a 13-game scoring streak, which was the longest in the SPHL this season. During the streak he eclipsed 300 career SPHL points, which ranks him in the top 10 in league history.

Randazzo, 25, was the leading scorer among SPHL defenseman with 38 points (7g, 31a) to earn his second straight All-SPHL First Team recognition. His plus-27 rating was tied with Leo Thomas for best in the SPHL and his 31 assists were most among defenseman. He was fourth on the team in scoring and his 11 power-play assists were tied with Whitehead for the team lead. 

All-SPHL First Team

F - Matt Gingera, Columbus Cottonmouths
F - Adam Pawlick, Pensacola Ice Flyers
F - Matt Whitehead, Mississippi RiverKings
D - Andrew Randazzo, Missisisppi RiverKings
D - Louis Belisle, Columbus Cottonmouths
G - Kyle Rank, Peoria Rivermen

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 one of two RiverKings players named to the All-SPHL First Team Thursday. He was joined by forward Matt Whitehead. © John Coffin

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