2014 Recipient - Alaska Aces
Beginning with the 1996-97 season, the Patrick J. Kelly Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champion of the ECHL.
History: Named in recognition of Patrick J. Kelly, one of the founding fathers of the ECHL. Kelly served as Commissioner of the ECHL for the first eight seasons before being named Commissioner Emeritus in 1996, a title which he continues to hold. Kelly is celebrating his 60th season in hockey in 2012-13, having begun his career with the St. Catherine Teepees of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in 1952. He played professionally for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, the Troy Bruins of the International Hockey League, and the Greensboro Generals of the Eastern Hockey League. Kelly coached in the Eastern Hockey League from 1965-73 and was head coach and general manager of Charlotte in the Southern Hockey League from 1973-76. He coached the Colorado Rockies in the NHL in 1977-78 and is the only coach to lead the Rockies to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Following coaching stops in the American Hockey League, he went to Peoria in the International Hockey League where he led the Rivermen to the Turner Cup in his first season in 1984-85. The ECHL is proud to recognize Patrick J. Kelly’s distinguished career by naming its most coveted trophy in his honor.
Jack Riley Cup
Retired in 1996
History: Named in recognition of Jack Riley, the Jack Riley Cup was awarded to the playoff champion of the ECHL from the league’s inaugural season in 1988-89 until 1995-96 when it was retired and replaced with the Patrick J. Kelly Cup. Beginning in 1938, Jack Riley did it all in professional hockey as a player, coach, general manager and scout. One of the most respected names in hockey, Riley was President of the American Hockey League from 1964-67 and was then a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League until being named Commissioner of the Southern Hockey League in 1975.
2014 Recipient - Rob Madore, Cincinnati Cyclones
An annual award “to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs” as selected by members of the media and the ECHL League Office staff at the conclusion of the final game of the Kelly Cup Finals.
Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Rob Madore is the 2014 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player. He is the first player from the losing team in the Kelly Cup Finals to win the playoff MVP in the ECHL's 26-year history.
Madore played every second for the Cyclones in the playoffs, posting a 14-10 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Madore led all goaltenders in the postseason in games played (24), wins (14), minutes played (1,493) and saves (756).
2015 Recipient - Toledo Walleye
Beginning with the inaugural season in 1988-89, the Henry Brabham Cup is awarded annually to the regular-season point champion of the ECHL.
History: Named in recognition of Henry Brabham, a founding member of the ECHL, who was the first owner of the Erie Panthers. A former mayor and businessman who was a major force in professional hockey in Virginia for more than 15 years, Brabham worked tirelessly to establish the ECHL during its early years. The ECHL is proud to recognize his hard work and dedication by naming its regular-season champion award in his honor.
The Toledo Walleye capped their ECHL-record 58-point improvement over last season with the Brabham Cup title. Toledo finished 50-15-7 for 107 points and became the first team to win 50 games since the 2007-08 season.
2014 Recipient - Cincinnati Cyclones
The club that advances to the Kelly Cup Finals as the winner of the Eastern Conference championship is presented with the E.A. "Bud" Gingher Memorial Trophy.
History: Named in recognition of E.A. "Bud" Gingher, who was Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors from 1992-95. Gingher, who passed away in 2002, co-founded the Dayton Bombers in 1991 and owned the team for seven seasons, serving as President and Governor until selling the team in 1998. Gingher was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
Beginning in 1997-98, the trophy was awarded to the playoff champion of the Northern Conference in the ECHL. The first recipient of the trophy following its renaming was the Dayton Bombers in 2001-02. From the 2004-05 season through 2009-10, the trophy was designated for the playoff champion of the American Conference.
2014 Recipient - Alaska Aces
The club that advances to the Kelly Cup Finals as the winner of the Western Conference championship is presented with the Bruce Taylor Trophy. The first recipient of the trophy following its renaming was the playoff champion of the Western Conference in 2003-04.
History: The trophy is named in recognition of Bruce Taylor, who was the founding father of the West Coast Hockey League. In the early 1990s, Taylor purchased teams in Fresno, Reno and Bakersfield and in 1995 joined them with teams in Anchorage, Fairbanks and San Diego to form the West Coast Hockey League. The Taylor Cup was presented to the playoff champion in the WCHL from the league’s inaugural season in 1995-96 until the league ceased operations following the 2002-03 season. Taylor’s ownership in hockey began in 1983 with the purchase of the Burnaby Bluehawks of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and continued with the purchase of the Richmond Sockeyes in the BCJHL and the New Westminster Royals in the BCJHL.
2015 Recipient - Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays
An annual award “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team”.
Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays has been selected as the CCM Hockey ECHL Most Valuable Player for 2014-15. Jakaitis is just the fourth goaltender to receive the Most Valuable Player award in the ECHL’s 27-year history.
Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week and yesterday received the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for the third time in his career, rewrote the ECHL record book during the 2014-15 season. During the course of South Carolina’s ECHL-record 23-game winning streak from Feb. 7-March 27, Jakaitis went 15-0-0 with four shutouts, a 1.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .937.
He set a league record with four consecutive shutouts from March 7-20, and his 321:46 shutout streak set both an ECHL and a minor-league professional hockey record, and fell just 10:16 shy of the modern-era pro hockey record set by Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003-04 season. Jakaitis also established an ECHL record with a 16-game personal winning streak from Feb. 15-April 2. He posted a record of 17-1-0 in his final 18 decisions this season. He was part of a Stingrays’ goaltending group which posted 12 shutouts this season, setting a new ECHL record.
Jakaitis led the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which is tied for the second most in a single-season in ECHL history. His 23 career shutouts are just two behind Marc Magliarditi for the all-time league record. Jakaitis finished the season second in the league with a .924 save percentage and was sixth with 26 wins.
He was acquired in a trade with Fort Wayne in December, and tallied 51 points (27g-24a) in 37 games with the Solar Bears. Orlando posted a 28-12-4 record from Dec. 30 when Lang played his first game with the club through the end of the season.
2015 Recipient - Derek Lalonde, Toledo Walleye
An annual award “to the ECHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success”.
History: The Coach of the Year award was named in honor of legendary ECHL coach John Brophy prior to 2003-04. Brophy coached more seasons than any other coach in league history with Hampton Roads from 1989-2000 and Wheeling from 2001-03, compiling a career record of 480-323-79 in the regular season and 55-39 in the postseason. Hampton Roads reached the postseason in each of his 11 seasons behind the bench, winning back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992 and an ECHL record third title in 1998. His three ECHL titles are the most in league history and he is also the all-time leader among ECHL coaches in regular season games (878) and regular season wins (480) and postseason games (94) and wins (55). Brophy has 1,027 professional wins and ranks second all-time in professional hockey behind only the legendary Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins).
In his first season with the team, Lalonde led Toledo to the best single-season turnaround in ECHL history. One season after finishing with 49 points, the Walleye improved by 58 points, finishing the regular season 50-15-7 for 107 points, and capturing the Brabham Cup as regular-season champions. The 107 points are the eighth most in a single season in league history and Toledo became the first team since 2007-08 to win at least 50 games in a season.
2015 Recipient - Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays
An annual award “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position”.
Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays is the recipient of the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for 2014-15.
Jakaitis also won the award in 2011-12 while with Gwinnett and last year with the Stingrays, becoming the first goaltender in ECHL history to win the Goaltender of the Year award three times.
Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, led the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which is tied for the second most in a single-season in ECHL history. He finished the season second in the league with a .924 save percentage and was sixth with 23 wins. Jakaitis set three ECHL records during the course of the season as he posted four consecutive shutouts from March 7-20, went 321:46 without allowing a goal and won 16 consecutive decisions from Feb. 15-April 2.
2015 Recipient - Tyler Barnes, Toledo Walleye
An annual award “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL. The winner receives the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy.
History: The rookie of the year award was named in honor of John A. Daley in 1997. Daley, who passed away in 1996, was one of the founding fathers of the ECHL, serving as general manager and minority owner of the Johnstown Chiefs from the inception of the team in 1988 until 1994.
Tyler Barnes of the Toledo Walleye has been named CCM Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy.
2015 Recipient - Mike Little, Florida Everblades
An annual award “to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest ability at the position”.
Little, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, finished the season tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +46. He was second among defensemen with 54 points, tied for second with 41 assists and tied for sixth with 13 goals.
2015 Recipient - Chad Costello, Allen Americans
An annual award presented “to the player who leads the league in scoring at the end of the regular season”.
Chad Costello of the Allen Americans has won the league scoring championship with 125 points (41g-84a).
Costello, who was named to All-ECHL First Team and also received the ECHL Sportsmanship Award, also led the league with 84 assists, 35 power-play assists and 44 power-play points while he was tied for second with 41 goals and was third in plus-minus at +43.
The 28-year-old had at least one point in all but eight games this season and had 38 multi-point games. Costello’s 125 points are the most in the ECHL since Hugo Belanger had 144 points in 1995-96, and are the ninth most points in a single-season in league history while his 84 assists are tied for the fifth most in a single season all-time.
AMI Graphics Plus Performer Award
2015 Recipients - Drew Daniels, Fort Wayne Komets and Mike Little, Florida Everblades
An annual award presented “to the player who leads the league in plus-minus rating at the end of the regular season”.
Drew Daniels of the Fort Wayne Komets and Mike Little of the Florida Everblades are the recipients of the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Year award after both finishing the season with a plus-minus rating of +46.
Daniels finished even or better in 60 of his 72 games this season and was tied for second among ECHL defensemen with 41 assists and was seventh among all blue liners with 45 points. Little, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, posted an even or better rating in 53 of his 63 games in 2014-15, including in each of the final 12 games of the regular season. He was second among ECHL defensemen with 53 points and tied for second with 41 assists. The 27-year-old has 153 points (35g-118a) in 248 career ECHL games with Florida, Stockton and Reading.
2015 Recipient - Chad Costello, Allen Americans
An annual award “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Chad Costello of the Allen Americans is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for 2014-15 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
Community Service Award
2015 Recipient - Cal Wild, Brampton Beast
An annual award presented to a player who goes above and beyond in his efforts for community and charitable causes.
For the second straight season, Wild was an active participant in the Brampton community, supporting a number of local initiatives with his time, money and passion in helping to make a real difference in the lives of children and families.
Wild’s “Cal’s Pals Foundation” partnered with a different local foundation each month in order to promote awareness and raise funds for specific causes in the surrounding community.
Click here to read more about Wild's community involvement during the 2014-15 season.
Executive of the Year
2014 Recipient - Matthew Riley, Bakersfield Condors
The Executive of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL Board of Governors.
Excellence in Media Relations
2014 Recipient - Nick Brunker, Cincinnati Cyclones
The Award of Excellence for media relations is determined in a vote of league media members, media relations directors and broadcasters.
Excellence in Broadcasting
2014 Recipient - Bob Chase, Fort Wayne Komets
The Award of Excellence for Broadcasting is determined in a vote of league broadcasters and media relations directors.
Excellence in Marketing
2014 Recipient - Bakersfield Condors
The Excellence In Marketing Award is presented annually to the team marketing department "adjudged to be the best in the league” as determined by outside expert judges.
Award of Excellence
2014 Recipient - Ontario Reign
The Award of Excellence will be presented by the league office to teams that are first-rate, who excel in all categories of sales and marketing, and who distinguish themselves in their community, both on and off the ice.
Ticket Department of the Year
2014 Recipient - Ontario Reign
The ECHL Ticket Department of the Year is determined in a vote of ECHL teams.
Ticket Executive of the Year
2014 Recipient - Jose Rivera, Bakersfield Condors
The Ticket Executive of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL general managers.
2014 Recipient - Fort Wayne Komets
The web site Award of Excellence is presented annually to the team whose web site is "adjudged to be the best in the league” as determined by outside expert judges.
Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award
2014 Recipient - Travis Jackson
The Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award honors an On-Ice Official for his contributions and dedication to the league officiating staff and is determined in voting of ECHL On-Ice Officials. It is named in honor of ECHL linesman Ryan Birmingham, who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident in May 2007.
CCM Hockey Equipment Manager of the Year
2015 Recipient - Dakota King, Gwinnett Gladiators
The Reebok Hockey Equipment Manager of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL equipment managers.
Reebok Athletic Trainer of the Year
2015 Recipient - Brad Fredrick, Toledo Walleye
The Reebok Hockey Athletic Trainer of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL athletic trainers.
2014 Recipient - Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News
The Outstanding Media Award is determined in a vote of the ECHL media members, broadcasters, and media relations directors.