Jakaitis named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year


The ECHL on Thursday announced that Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays is the recipient of the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for 2013-14.


The Warrior Hockey 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.


Jakaitis also won the award in 2011-12 while with Gwinnett and joins Scott Stirling (2000-01 and 2003-04) as the only two-time winners in the award’s history.


Laurent Brossoit of Bakersfield finished second, followed by Ontario’s Michael Hutchinson, Igor Bobkov of Utah and Kalamazoo’s Jordan Binnington.


The winner of the CCM Most Valuable Player award will be announced on Friday.


Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, was third in the league with 24 wins and a .924 save percentage, fifth with a 2.16 goals-against average and tied for sixth with three shutouts. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for both October and December, giving him an ECHL-record four monthly awards in his career. Jakaitis allowed two goals or less in 28 of his 40 appearances this season.

Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year Award Winners 

2014 Jeff Jakaitis South Carolina Stingrays
2013 Ryan Zapolski South Carolina Stingrays
2012 Jeff Jakaitis Gwinnett Gladiators
2011 Gerald Coleman Alaska Aces
2010 Todd Ford South Carolina Stingrays
2009 J.P. Lamoureux Alaska Aces
2008 Anton Khudobin Texas Wildcatters
2007 Adam Berkhoel Dayton Bombers
2006 Matt Underhill Alaska Aces
2005 Chris Madden Long Beach Ice Dogs/Florida Everblades
2004 Scott Stirling Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2003 Alfie Michaud Peoria Rivermen
2002 Frederic Cloutier Louisiana IceGators
2001 Scott Stirling Trenton Titans
2000 Jan Lasak Hampton Roads Admirals
1999 Maxime Gingras Richmond Renegades
1998 Nick Vitucci Toledo Storm
1997 Marc Delorme Louisiana IceGators
1996 Alain Morissette Louisville RiverFrogs
1995 Chris Gordon Huntington Blizzard
1994 Cory Cadden Knoxville Cherokees