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Rancho Cucamonga’s Graham named winner of 2023-24 FPHL Achievement Award


The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced that Matt Graham of the Port Huron Prowlers is its selection for the 2023-24 FPHL Achievement Award.

This award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of an individual whose long-term contributions to the game of hockey is representative of not only their integrity and success of the FPHL, but also their professionalism in representing that of its players and member organizations.

Their career accomplishments serve as an inspiration to others of the importance of fair play and sportsmanship in the game of hockey on and off the ice.

This selection is from a voting process by two representatives from each FPHL member club and then a verification by the FPHL league staff.

Graham serves as a player, head coach and general manager for the Prowlers.

The Rancho Cucamonga native broke into the then-FHL in the 2013-14 season with the Watertown Privateers and averaged a point per game before leaving for HC Detva in Slovakia. After two more full seasons there, he returned to North America and played a season with the Danbury Titans in 2016-17. After the Titans folded, he joined the Prowlers via a dispersal draft and teamed up with his childhood friend, Branden Parkhouse. Graham is now in his seventh season as a Prowler, was part of the team that went to the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Final and won the 2019-20 FPHL Forward of the Year award.

Overall, as a player, Graham ranks second in league history in assists with 327, fourth in points with 465 and fifth in games played with 387. In his ninth season in the league and 11th as a pro, Graham is still producing at a high level on the ice. He led Port Huron with 32 assists when he was put on IR in mid-March.

Graham is in his third season as the head coach and general manager of Port Huron after taking over from Joe Pace Jr. before the 2021-22 season. He runs the entire Prowlers organization along with assistant GM-assistant coach Alex Johnson and now assistant coach Chris Paulin from sales to marketing to the team on the ice.

Since taking over the organization, Graham has improved the Prowlers on the ice and in the stands and is guiding them into their 10th season in 2024-25.

He is set to lead his team into the playoffs for the third straight year.

Photo/Delta Imaging

(April 17, 2024)

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