READING, Pa. -- I just had the honor of telling Orlando forward Mickey Lang that he had been selected the ECHL's MVP.
No one had told him yet. He thought I was playing a joke on him, I think. (Click here to see the announcement.)
Lang had an ECHL-leading 44 goals and was third with 77 points in 61 games. That included 17 goals and 26 points in 24 games with the Komets, with whom he began the season before leaving the team and demanding a trade.
Fort Wayne's Brandon Marino finished third in voting among coaches, reporters and media-relations directors, after leading the ECHL with 88 points in 72 games.
"I thought Marino deserved it," Lang said of his former linemate. "He had another great season."
Alaska's Peter Sivak, who was second with 83 points, was second in MVP voting.
"Marino had a great year and playing with him for a few games was awesome," Lang said. "I wouldn't have had a good year if I hadn't played with him and (Mike Vaskivuo), and now I play with two of the best players in the league -- Taylor Matson and Jacob Cepis."
Last season, Orlando was 28-37-7 and missed the playoffs. This season, the Solar Bears went 43-24-5, including a 28-12-4 record after Lang joined them, though he spent time in the American Hockey League, too.