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Berschbach receives ECHL Sportsmanship Award

(Toledo, OH) – Forward Shane Berschbach is the recipient of the ECHL Sportsmanship Award for 2016-17 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

The award is presented annually to the player who is judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability. It is the second consecutive year that Berschbach has won the award and he is the first player to win it in consecutive years since David Ling of the Dayton Bombers won three straight from 1998-2001. It is the third time a Walleye player has won this award as Randy Rowe collected it in 2012-13.

The native of Clawson, Michigan was named to the ECHL Second Team yesterday and has become the first Walleye player to reach 80 points (18G, 62A) with just 25 penalty minutes. Over his Walleye career, Berschbach has collected 210 points (57G, 153A) and a plus 38 with just 41 penalty minutes in 194 games. He is the Walleye all-time leader in assists and is just two points behind current career leader Evan Rankin (212).

Berschbach received the award last year when had just 6 penalty minutes with 67 points (24G, 43A) over 61 games with a career best plus 14. The 25-year-old spent four years at Western Michigan University prior to turning professional. As a Bronco, Berschbach posted 39 goals and 78 assists as was a plus 27 in 146 games. In 2012, he helped Western Michigan to a CCHA Tournament Championship.