Two more ECHL awards announced.

The ECHL has handed out two more pieces of hardware, twice leaving the Reign out of the hardware business.

Earlier today, South Carolina’s Todd Ford was named the goalie of the year. Ford started for the American Conference in the 2010 All-Star Game at Citizens Business Bank Arena, stopping 7 of 9 shots in the first period.

In 28 appearances this season, he went 18-7-2 with one shutout, finished fifth in the league with a 2.79 goals-against average, tied for second with a .910 save percentage and ranked fifth with a .889 shootout percentage. Idaho’s Richard Bachman was announced as the runner-up.

Another American Conference all-star, Toledo’s J.C. Sawyer, was named defenseman of the year. Sawyer led all defensemen with 21 goals, 59 points and seven game-winning goals while ranking second with 38 assists. He finished tied for fourth among defensemen with 18 power-play assists and was fifth with 24 power-play points.

Eric Regan of the Bakersfield Condors and Mitch Ganzak of the Wheeling Nailers were the runners up for the award.

On Friday, the league will announce its MVP award.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.