Detroit broadcasters tab Meech for award
Wings' defenseman is 39th player to receive rookie award from DSBA
A versatile player, he also appeared in several games at forward last season. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist on February 18 against Colorado.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected as the DSBA Rookie of the Year,” Meech said. “I’m very happy to be a part of both the Red Wings' organization and the city of Detroit, and I’m thrilled to be joining the exclusive company of past winners of the award. I’m really looking forward to getting back on the ice next season to defend our Stanley Cup championship.”
Meech was Detroit’s seventh round pick (229th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He had previously played for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
The DSBA Rookie of the Year Award originated following the 1948-49 season. Previous winners of the award include current Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall and Jiri Hudler.
|2006-07 Jiri Hudler||1974-75 Bill Lochead||1959-60 Murray Oliver|
|2005-06 Johan Franzen||1973-74 Bill Hogaboam||1958-59 Len Lunde|
|2004-05 NA||1972-73 Henry Boucha||1957-58 Don Poile|
|2003-04 Niklas Kronwall||1971-72 Marcel Dionne||1956-57 Billy Dea|
|2002-03 Henrik Zetterberg||1970-71 Tom Webster||1955-56 Glenn Hall|
|2001-02 Pavel Datsyuk||1969-70 Al Karlander||1954-55 NA|
|2000-01 NA||1968-69 Paul Popiel||1953-54 Bill Dineen|
|1999-00 Jiri Fischer||1967-68 Gary Jarrett/Roy Edwards||1952-53 Marcel Bonin|
|1982-98 NA||1966-67 NA||1951-52 Glen Skov|
|1980-81 John Barrett||1965-66 Bert Marshall||1950-51 Terry Sawchuk|
|1979-80 Mike Foligno||1964-65 Roger Crozier||1949-50 Steve Black|
|1978-79 Willie Huber||1963-64 Pit Martin||1948-49 Max McNab|
|1977-78 Dale McCourt||1962-63 Doug Barkley|
|1976-77 Jim Nahrgang||1961-62 Bruce MacGregor|
|1975-76 Michel Bergeron||1960-61 Hank Bassen|