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).
2014 Recipient - Alaska Aces
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 Alaska Aces won their ECHL record fifthth Brabham Cup, and extended their own record by winning the regular-season championship for the fourth consecutive 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.
2014 Recipient - Mickey Lang, Orlando Solar Bears
An annual award “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team”.
Lang, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, led the league with 44 goals, becoming the first ECHL player to score at least 40 goals in a season since 2010-11. His 16 power-play goals also led the league and he finished third with 77 points. Lang was tied for the league lead with seven game-winning goals, tied for third with 21 power-play points and was fifth with 227 shots on goal.
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.
2014 Recipient - Spencer Carbery, South Carolina Stingrays
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).
Spencer Carbery of the South Carolina Stingrays is the 2013-14 recipient of the John Brophy Award as the league’s Coach of the Year.
Carbery led the Stingrays to the South Division title, the club’s first division championship since capturing the Southeast Division title in 2000-01, with a 43-23-6 record for 92 points. It was the third straight season that the Stingrays have improved their record from the previous year.
In three seasons as South Carolina’s head coach, Carbery has posted a record of 118-77-21 and has led the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup Playoffs each season. Carbery was named the sixth head coach in Stingrays history on July 26, 2011 after serving as the team’s assistant coach for one season under Cail MacLean.
Carbery joined the organization as a player during the 2008-09 campaign and helped the club capture its ECHL-record third Kelly Cup championship. He recorded 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 94 games with the Stingrays and was named the inaugural recipient of the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award in 2009. Carbery skated in four professional seasons with the Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons and Stingrays of the ECHL and the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League totaling 117 points (48g-69a) in 244 games.
2014 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 2013-14.
Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, was third in the league with 24 wins and a .924 save percentage, fifth with a 2.16 goals-against average and tied for sixth with three shutouts. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for both October and December, giving him an ECHL-record four monthly awards in his career. Jakaitis allowed two goals or less in 28 of his 40 appearances this season.
2014 Recipient - William Rapuzzi, Idaho Steelheads
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.
William Rapuzzi of the Idaho Steelheads has been named CCM Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy.
2014 Recipient - Matt Register, Ontario Reign
An annual award “to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest ability at the position”.
Register, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, finished the season tied for second among ECHL defensemen with 14 goals and 44 points while his three game-winning goals were tied for fourth. His 30 assists were tied for sixth among blueliners and his +21 rating was second on the Reign
2014 Recipient - Brandon Marino, Fort Wayne Komets
An annual award presented “to the player who leads the league in scoring at the end of the regular season”.
Brandon Marino of the Fort Wayne Komets has won the league scoring championship with 88 points (30g-58a).
Marino, who also led the league with 58 assists, was also named to the All-ECHL First Team. The 27-year-old was tied for third in the league with 21 power-play assists while his six game-winning goals were tied for fourth. A native of Riverside, Calif., Marino has tallied 162 points (50g-112a) in 143 career games with the Komets.
AMI Graphics Plus Performer Award
2014 Recipient - Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces
An annual award presented “to the player who leads the league in plus-minus rating at the end of the regular season”.
Peter Sivak of the Alaska Aces is the recipient of the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Year award after finishing the season with a plus-minus rating of +49. The +49 is tied for the third-best in a season in ECHL history with Hampton Roads’ Steve Poapst in 1992-93 and Knoxville’s Kim Maier in 1995-96.
Mark Nemec of Colorado and Nick Mazzolini of Alaska finished tied for second with a plus-minus rating of +37 followed by Greenville’s Andrew Rowe and Cincinnati’s Taylor Aronson, who both finished at +28.
Sivak, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team and received the ECHL Sportsmanship Award, finished second in the league with 83 points (31g-52a). He was even or better in 53 of his 67 games this season and was the ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for January after leading the league with a +15 during the month.
2014 Recipient - Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces
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” as voted by the coaches of each of the ECHL teams.
Peter Sivak of the Alaska Aces is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for 2013-14 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
Community Service Award
2014 Recipient - Dan Eves, Cincinnati Cyclones
An annual award presented to a player who goes above and beyond in his efforts for community and charitable causes.
Eves has taken an active role in the Cyclones’ efforts in the Cincinnati community since joining the team in 2011. He currently serves as the program administrator and head of the fundraising committee for Hockey Players for Kids (HP4K). Eves has helped to grow HP4K’s presence in Cincinnati each season, and is the first to volunteer for any team-related activity that benefits the community.
Click here to read more about Eves' community involvement during the 2013-14 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.
Reebok Equipment Manager of the Year
2014 Recipient - Billy Higgins, Wheeling Nailers
The Reebok Hockey Equipment Manager of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL equipment managers.
Reebok Athletic Trainer of the Year
2014 Recipient - Steve Ruhmel, Florida Everblades
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.