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Jacksonville's Brassard receives Nick Vitucci Goaltender of the Year Award

Thursday, April 21st
Action photo of Francois Brassard of the Jacksonville Icemen

The ECHL on Thursday announced that Francois Brassard of the Jacksonville Icemen is the recipient of the Nick Vitucci Goaltender of the Year Award for 2021-22.  The  Goaltender of the Year award is presented annually to the goaltender selected to be the best at his position as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.  The award is named in honor of Nick Vitucci, who was part of the first-ever induction class into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008. Vitucci enjoyed a 26-year association with the League, beginning in the inaugural season of 1988-89 when he backstopped the Carolina Thunderbirds to the Riley Cup title, the first of his ECHL-record five championships, and received the Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award. Keith Petruzzelli of Newfoundland finished second, followed by Toledo’s Billy Christopoulos, Brad Barone of Orlando and Florida’s Parker Gahagen.  The winner of the Warrior Hockey Most Valuable Player award will be announced on Friday.  Brassard, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, went 19-9-3 with one shutout in 31 appearances for the Icemen. He led the ECHL with a 2.19 goals-against average and was tied for 11th  with a .911 save percentage. Brassard allowed two goals or less in 20 of his 31 appearances. Under contract to Hartford of the American Hockey League, Brassard has also seen action in three games for the Wolf Pack this season. Overall, he has appeared in 60 career ECHL games with Jacksonville, Wheeling and Maine posting a record of 30-23-5 with one shutout, a 2.51 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. Nick Vitucci Goaltender of the Year Award Winners2021-22           Francois Brassard, Jacksonville Icemen2020-21           Jake Hildebrand, Florida Everblades2019-20           Tomas Sholl, Idaho Steelheads2018-19           Michael Houser, Cincinnati Cyclones2017-18           Parker Milner, South Carolina Stingrays2016-17           Riley Gill, Allen Americans2015-16           Josh Robinson, Missouri Mavericks2014-15           Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays2013-14           Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays2012-13           Ryan Zapolski, South Carolina Stingrays2011-12           Jeff Jakaitis, Gwinnett Gladiators2010-11           Gerald Coleman, Alaska Aces2009-10           Todd Ford, South Carolina Stingrays2008-09           Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Alaska Aces2007-08           Anton Khudobin, Texas Wildcatters2006-07           Adam Berkhoel, Dayton Bombers2005-06           Matt Underhill, Alaska Aces2004-05           Chris Madden, Florida Everblades/Long Beach Ice Dogs2003-04           Scott Stirling, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies2002-03           Alfie Michaud, Peoria Rivermen2001-02           Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana IceGators2000-01           Scott Stirling, Trenton Titans1999-00           Jan Lasak, Hampton Roads Admirals1998-99           Maxime Gingras, Richmond Renegades1997-98           Nick Vitucci, Toledo Storm1996-97           Marc Delorme, Louisiana IceGators1995-96           Alain Morissette, Louisville RiverFrogs1994-95           Chris Gordon, Huntington Blizzard1993-94           Cory Cadden, Knoxville Cherokees

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