The ECHL on Thursday announced its All-ECHL First Team for 2014-15 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media, who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards.
G – Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays (36 gp, 25-8-2, 2.01 GAA, .922 save pct.)
D – Mike Little, Florida Everblades (60 gp, 13g, 40a, 53 pts., +43)
D – Matt Register, Ontario Reign (58 gp, 14g, 36a, 50 pts., +18)
F – Chad Costello, Allen Americans (69 gp, 40g, 78a, 118 pts., +39)
F – Wade MacLeod, Idaho Steelheads (72 gp, 38g, 42a, 80 pts., +23)
F – Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne Komets (55 gp, 38g, 35a, 73 pts., +38)
The ECHL will announce the Community Service Award and Sportsmanship Award winners on Friday.
Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays has been named to the All-ECHL First Team for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons. He leads the league with six shutouts and a 2.01 goals-against average while ranking second with a .922 save percentage. He set ECHL records this season with a 15-game winning streak, four consecutive shutouts and a 321:46 shutout streak.
Mike Little of the Florida Everblades is tied for first among ECHL defensemen with 53 points, is tied for fifth with 13 goals and is fourth with 40 assists. He is second overall in the league, and among defensemen, with a +43 rating.
Matt Register of the Ontario Reign is on the All-ECHL First Team for the second straight season. He is third among ECHL blue liners with 50 points and his 14 goals are tied for third.
Chad Costello of the Allen Americans leads the ECHL in both assists (78) and points (118). His 118 points is tied for the 13th most in ECHL history and is the most in the league since John Spoltore had 119 points in 1999-2000. Costello also leads the league with 33 power-play assists and 42 power-play points while ranking fourth in plus-minus at +39. He has scored at least one point in all but eight games this season.
Wade MacLeod of the Idaho Steelheads is tied for fourth in the league with 38 goals and is second with 80 points. He is tied for the league lead with 302 shots on goal and is tied for fourth with 11 power-play goals.
Shawn Szydlowski of the Fort Wayne Komets is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 38 goals and is tied for seventh with 73 points despite playing in just 55 games this season. On March 21, he became just the 29th player in league history to score at least five goals in a game, and tied the league record with three shorthanded goals. He leads the league with eight shorthanded points (4g-4a) and is fifth in plus-minus at +38.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 564 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 23 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.