Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Central Hockey League award finalists announced

Guggenberger up for Most Outstanding Goaltender, Rookie of the Year

The Central Hockey League has announced the finalists for its annual player awards and the Texas Brahmas' Mark Guggenberger has been nominated in the Most Outstanding Goaltender (Scott Brower Award) and Rookie of the Year categories.

Guggenberger (19-6-3-3) is currently ranked first in the league with a 1.87 GAA and a .927 Save Percentage. In January, Guggenberger was selected to the 2012 CHL All-Star Game in Arizona, at which he made 35 saves on 36 shots en route to the victory.

Guggenberger has broken a Brahmas’ franchise record by recording three straight shutouts and also set a league record by stringing together 238:31 consecutive scoreless minutes.

Last week, the rookie netminder was named the Sher-Wood Goaltender of the Month and the 50/50 Central Rookie of the Month for February.

The other finalists for the Most Outstanding Goaltender Award include Fort Wayne’s Nick Boucher, Missouri’s Charlie Effinger, Evansville’s Bryan Gillis and Wichita’s Adam Russo.

The other finalists for the Rookie of the Year honors include Quad City forward Jared Brown, Missouri forward Andrew Courtney, Evansville goalie Bryan Gillis and Tulsa forward Mike Ullrich.

After a nomination period by CHL teams, the league front office determined the finalists for each award. Balloting will take place among CHL Head Coaches, team Communications Departments and select media members in CHL markets to determine the winners.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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