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Harper named Playoffs MVP

Saturday, July 3rd
Stephen Harper of the Fort Wayne Komets and ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin

Stephen Harper of the Fort Wayne Komets earned the June M. Kelly Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Harper was tied for the postseason lead with 13 points and was tied for second with six goals. He scored both of the Komets’ goals in their Kelly Cup clinching 2-1 victory over South Carolina in Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Finals.

Harper is the first rookie to receive the Playoffs MVP award since Florida’s John Muse in 2012.

The Playoffs Most Valuable Trophy was renamed in 2019 in honor of June M. Kelly, the wife of ECHL Commissioner Emeritus Patrick J. Kelly, whom the Kelly Cup is named after. Mrs. Kelly was an integral part of the ECHL behind the scenes during her husband’s tenure as Commissioner from the League’s inaugural season in 1988-89 through his retirement following the 1995-96 season.

June M. Kelly Playoff Most Valuable Player Award2021    Stephen Harper, Fort Wayne Komets2020    Playoffs canceled due to COVID2019    Zach O'Brien, Newfoundland Growlers2018    Michael Joly, Colorado Eagles2017    Matt Register, Colorado Eagles2016    Chad Costello, Allen Americans2015    Greger Hanson, Allen Americans2014    Rob Madore, Cincinnati Cyclones2013    Riley Gill, Reading Royals2012    John Muse, Florida Everblades2011    Scott Howes, Alaska Aces2010    Robert Mayer and Jeremy Smith, Cincinnati Cyclones2009    James Reimer, South Carolina Stingrays2008    Cedrick Desjardins, Cincinnati Cyclones2007    Steve Silverthorn, Idaho Steelheads2006    Mike Scott, Alaska Aces2005    Leon Hayward, Trenton Titans2004    Dan Ellis, Idaho Steelheads2003    Kevin Colley, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies2002    Simon Gamache and Tyrone Garner, Greenville Grrrowl2001    Dave Seitz, South Carolina Stingrays2000    J.F. Boutin and Jason Christie, Peoria Rivermen1999    Travis Scott, Mississippi Sea Wolves1998    Sebastien Charpentier, Hampton Roads Admirals1997    Jason Fitzsimmons, South Carolina Stingrays1996    Nick Vitucci, Charlotte Checkers1995    Blaine Moore, Richmond Renegades1994    Dave Gagnon, Toledo Storm1993    Rick Judson, Toledo Storm1992    Mark Bernard, Hampton Roads Admirals1991    Dave Flanagan and Dave Gagnon, Hampton Roads Admirals1990    Wade Flaherty, Greensboro Monarchs1989    Nick Vitucci, Carolina Thunderbirds

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