2015 Recipient - Allen Americans
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.
2015 Recipient - Greger Hanson, Allen Americans
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.
Hanson tallied 29 points (12g-17a) in 25 postseason games for the Americans.
2016 Recipient - Missouri Mavericks
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.
2016 Recipient - Wheeling Nailers
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.
2016 Recipient - Allen Americans
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.
2016 Recipient - Chad Costello, Allen Americans
An annual award “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team”.
Costello, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, led the league in scoring for the second consecutive season with 103 (24g-79a) in 72 games. He is one of just eight players in league history to record multiple 100-point seasons and one of just four to do so in consecutive seasons. Costello also led the league in 2015-16 with 79 assists, 33 power-play assists and 40 power-play points.
The 29-year-old ended the regular season with a 19-game assist streak, which is the second-longest streak in league history and just one game off the league-record 20-game streak set by Cincinnati’s David Desharnais in 2007-08.
2016 Recipient - Richard Matvichuk, Missouri Mavericks
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).
Richard Matvuchuk of the Missouri Mavericks is the 2015-16 recipient of the John Brophy Award as the league’s Coach of the Year.
In his second season with the Mavericks, Matvichuk led Missouri to the Brabham Cup title as ECHL regular-season champions with a 52-15-5 record for 109 points. Missouri improved by 44 points over last season, tying the eighth-best single-season point increase in league history. The Mavericks won 29 home games this season, tied for the second most wins on home ice in a single-season in ECHL history.
2016 Recipient - Josh Robinson, Missouri Mavericks
An annual award “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position”.
Josh Robinson of the Missouri Mavericks is the recipient of the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for 2015-16.
Robinson, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, posted a league-leading 1.88 goals-against average – which ranks as the fourth-best in a single-season ECHL history – and a league-best .931 save percentage while ranking second with 28 wins.
The 26-year-old went 28-2-1 during the regular season and posted a personal 21-game winning streak from Nov. 4 through Feb. 14, setting a new league record for the longest winning streak by a goaltender. Robinson allowed two goals or less in 22 of his 31 starts during the regular season.
2016 Recipient - Matt Willows, Florida Everblades
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.
Matt Willows of the Florida Everblades has been named CCM Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy.
2016 Recipient - Mathew Maione, Wheeling Nailers
An annual award “to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest ability at the position”.
Maione, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, led all ECHL defensemen during the regular season with 43 assists, 54 points, 21 power-play assists, 24 power-play points and 227 shots on goal. The 25-year-old began the season with Brampton before being acquired in a trade on Dec. 2. Maine recorded 44 points (7g-37a) in 53 games with Wheeling.
2016 Recipient - Chad Costello, Allen Americans
An annual award presented “to the player who leads the league in scoring at the end of the regular season”.
Chad Costello of the Allen Americans has won the league scoring championship with 103 points (24g-79a).
Colorado’s Trent Daavettila was second with 80 points (25g-55a) followed by Shawn Szydlowski of Fort Wayne with 75 points (25g-50a). Wheeling’s Riley Brace (26g-41) and Shane Berschbach of Toledo (24g-43a) finished tied for fourth with 67 points each.
Costello, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team, also led the league with 79 assists, 33 power-play assists and 40 power-play points.
It is the second consecutive season in which Costello has captured the ECHL scoring title as he joins John Spoltore, who captured the title in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, as the only players to win back-to-back scoring titles in the ECHL’s 28-year history. Costello is one of just eight players in league history to record multiple 100-point seasons and one of just four to do so in consecutive seasons.
AMI Graphics Plus Performer Award
2016 Recipient - Joey Leach, South Carolina Stingrays
An annual award presented “to the player who leads the league in plus-minus rating at the end of the regular season”.
South Carolina Stingrays’ defenseman Joey Leach is the recipient of the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Year award after finishing the season with a plus-minus rating of +40.
Maxim Kitsyn of Manchester finished second with a plus-minus rating of +37, followed by Missouri’s Jesse Root at +34, Trent Daavettila of Colorado at +30 and South Carolina’s Bobby Shea at +29.
Leach, who finished fifth in the ECHL last season at +37, posted an even or better or rating in 50 of his 58 games this season. He was the ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for March after posting a league-best +13 during the month, and he went +22 over the final 20 games of the season.
2016 Recipient - Shane Berschbach, Toledo Wallee
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.”
Shane Berschbach of the Toledo Walleye is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for 2015-16 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
Community Service Award
2016 Recipient - Rob Florentino, Florida Everblades
An annual award presented to a player who goes above and beyond in his efforts for community and charitable causes.
For the second straight season, Florentino served as the spokesman for Laces of Love, which is a local organization designed to collect shoes for children who are less fortunate. This year’s campaign resulted in nearly 500 new pairs of shoes being collected and raised an additional $400 to purchase additional shoes.
On April 2, Florentino had his long, flowing hair cut for the Wigs for Kids Cause. His hair was donated to help build a wig for a child battling cancer. In addition, a Go Fund Me page was set up ad within two days, $1,000 was donated. The money raised was enough to cover the cost of production of the wig.
Click here to read more about Florentino's community involvement during the 2014-15 season.
General Manager of the Year
2016 Recipient - Richard Matvichuk, Missouri Mavericks
An annual award presented to the top hockey exevutive in the ECHL as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches.
Executive of the Year
2015 Recipient - Joe Napoli, Toledo Walleye
The Executive of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL Board of Governors.
Excellence in Media Relations
2015 Recipient - Chuck Bailey, Fort Wayne Komets
The Award of Excellence for media relations is determined in a vote of league media members, media relations directors and broadcasters.
Excellence in Broadcasting
2015 Recipient - Will Hoenike, Idaho Steelheads
The Award of Excellence for Broadcasting is determined in a vote of league broadcasters and media relations directors.
Excellence in Marketing
2015 Recipient - Colorado Eagles
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
2015 Recipient - Toledo Walleye
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
2015 Recipient - Orlando Solar Bears
The ECHL Ticket Department of the Year is determined in a vote of ECHL teams.
Ticket Executive of the Year
2015 Recipient - Brian Perkins, Toledo Walleye
The Ticket Executive of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL general managers.
2015 Recipient - Allen Americans
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
2015 Recipient - Scott Senger
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.
CCM Hockey Equipment Manager of the Year
2015 Recipient - Dakota King, Gwinnett Gladiators
The Reebok Hockey Equipment Manager of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL equipment managers.
Reebok Athletic Trainer of the Year
2015 Recipient - Brad Fredrick, Toledo Walleye
The Reebok Hockey Athletic Trainer of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL athletic trainers.
2015 Recipient - Blake Sebring, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne)
The Outstanding Media Award is determined in a vote of the ECHL media members, broadcasters, and media relations directors.