The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the remainder of its awards for the 2014-15 season. The selections are based on performance during the 2014-15 regular season, as voted upon by the league’s 24 head coaches.
The 2014-15 season awards include: All-NAHL Team, Most Valuable Player, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Vaughn Hockey Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, General Manager of the Year and Organization of the Year, along with the Apex Learning Virtual School Academic Achievement Award and Community Service Award.
Amongst the winners were Brahmas' forward, Sebastian Vidmar and Head Coach, Dan Wildfong.
2014-15 Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year: Sebastian Vidmar, Lone Star Brahmas
Lone Star Brahmas forward Sebastian Vidmar had a remarkable regular season. The second-year forward and native of Malmo, Sweden, led the NAHL in points with 80 and goals with 35. Both are the highest totals in the league since the 2011-12 season. Vidmar, who committed to play NCAA Division I hockey during the season at Union College, also led the league with 11 game-winning goals, which was the highest total in the NAHL since the 2007-08 season. He was first among all NAHL forwards with a +37 rating and he was twice named the NAHL Forward of the Month during the season (October and December). In 100 career NAHL regular season games, Vidmar posted 105 points.
2014-15 Coach of the Year: Dan Wildfong, Lone Star Brahmas
The signs of a turnaround were evident a year ago, but Lone Star Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong not only led his club to a 40-win season (an improvement of 17 wins), but also captured the South Division regular season title and #2 seed in the NAHL playoffs in the process. After 23 wins and a late start in 2013-14, Wildfong had plenty of time to build a cup contender for this season and the Brahmas didn’t disappoint. Their 40-12-8 record was the 2nd best in the NAHL during the regular season and good enough to win the division. At 26-3-1, the Brahmas also boasted the best home record in the league during the regular season. On top of all that, the Brahmas currently have nine players that are committed to play NCAA Division I hockey, showing a tremendous record of advancement to the next level by Wildfong and his staff.