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Gotz named NAHL Defenseman of the Year

The NAHL has named Eric Gotz of the Minnesota Wilderness as its 2017-18 Defenseman of the Year. File photo

The North American Hockey League has named Eric Gotz of the Minnesota Wilderness as its 2017-18 Defenseman of the Year.

Gotz, 20, of Hermantown, not only led his team in scoring, but he also led the entire league in scoring for all defensemen with 47 points (eight goals, 39 assists), while playing in all 60 regular season games. The Miami recruit was also tied for sixth among NAHL blueliners with a +26 rating this season.

The two-year veteran and Wilderness team captain had nine assists in 57 games played in 2016-17, marking a 38-point improvement from last year. In 117 career NAHL games, Gotz recorded 56 points from the blueline.

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