The ECHL on Friday announced that Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays has been selected as the CCM Hockey ECHL Most Valuable Player for 2014-15. Jakaitis is just the fourth goaltender to receive the Most Valuable Player award in the ECHL’s 27-year history.
The CCM Hockey Most Valuable Player award is presented annually to the player selected to be the most valuable to his team as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week and yesterday received the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for the third time in his career, rewrote the ECHL record book during the 2014-15 season. During the course of South Carolina’s ECHL-record 23-game winning streak from Feb. 7-March 27, Jakaitis went 15-0-0 with four shutouts, a 1.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .937.
He set a league record with four consecutive shutouts from March 7-20, and his 321:46 shutout streak set both an ECHL and a minor-league professional hockey record, and fell just 10:16 shy of the modern-era pro hockey record set by Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003-04 season. Jakaitis also established an ECHL record with a 16-game personal winning streak from Feb. 15-April 2. He posted a record of 17-1-0 in his final 18 decisions this season. He was part of a Stingrays’ goaltending group which posted 12 shutouts this season, setting a new ECHL record.
Jakaitis led the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which is tied for the second most in a single-season in ECHL history. His 23 career shutouts are just two behind Marc Magliarditi for the all-time league record. Jakaitis finished the season second in the league with a .924 save percentage and was sixth with 26 wins.
CCM Hockey ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Winners
|YEAR||MOST VALUABLE PLAYER||TEAM|
|2015||Jeff Jakaitis||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2014||Mickey Lang||Orlando Solar Bears|
|2013||Ryan Zapolski||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2012||Chad Costello||Colorado Eagles
|2011||Wes Goldie||Alaska Aces|
|2010||Tyler Donati||Elmira Jackals|
|2009||Kevin Baker||Florida Everblades|
|2008||David Desharnais||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|2007||Brad Schell||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|2006||Jeff Campbell||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|2005||Scott Gomez||Alaska Aces|
|2004||Scott Stirling||Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies|
|2003||Buddy Smith||Arkansas RiverBlades|
|2002||Frederic Cloutier||Louisiana IceGators|
|2001||Scott King||Charlotte Checkers|
|2000||Andrew Williamson||Toledo Storm|
|1999||Chris Valicevic||Louisiana IceGators|
|1998||Jamey Hicks||Birmingham Bulls|
|1997||Mike Ross||South Carolina Stingrays|
|1996||Hugo P. Belanger||Nashville Knights|
|1995||Vadim Slivchenko||Wheeling Thunderbirds|
|1994||Joe Flanagan||Birmingham Bulls|
|1993||Trevor Jobe||Nashville Knights|
|1992||Phil Berger||Greensboro Monarchs|
|1991||Stan Drulia||Knoxville Cherokees|
|1990||Bill McDougall||Erie Panthers|
|1989||Daryl Harpe||Erie Panthers|