Johnson receives June M. Kelly Playoffs MVP Award
Cam Johnson of the Florida Everblades earned the June M. Kelly Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Johnson becomes the first player in ECHL history to win the postseason MVP award in consecutive seasons and he joins Nick Vitucci and Dave Gagnon as the only players to win the award twice over their career.
Johnson played every minute during Florida's playoff run, posting a 16-6 record with four shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922. His four shutouts are tied for the second most in a single postseason in ECHL history, while his eight career playoff shutouts are tied for the most in ECHL postseason history.
The Playoffs Most Valuable Player 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 Award2023 Cam Johnson, Florida Everblades2022 Cam Johnson, Florida Everblades2021 Stephen Harper, Fort Wayne Komets2020 Playoffs canceled due to COVID-192019 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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