Leach is AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Year

The ECHL on Monday announced that 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.

A native of Wadena, Saskatchewan, Leach has tallied 44 points (8g-36a) in 169 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Fort Wayne and Bakersfield. Leach has also appeared in 23 career AHL games with Oklahoma City, Lake Erie and Hershey, recording four assists.

ECHL Plus-Minus Rating Leaders

2015-16    Joey Leach, South Carolina Stingrays, +40
2014-15    Drew Daniels, Fort Wayne Komets, +46
                Mike Little, Florida Everblades, +46
2013-14    Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces, +49
2012-13    Matt Case, Idaho Steelheads, +32
2011-12    Mathieu Aubin, Cincinnati Cyclones, +25
2010-11    Trent Daavettila, Kalamazoo Wings, +28
               Brendan Connolly, Greenville Road Warriors, +28
2009-10    Mark Derlago, Idaho Steelheads, +34
2008-09    Travis Morin, South Carolina Stingrays, +37
2007-08    Chad Starling, Cincinnati Cyclones, +48
2006-07    Matt Shasby, Alaska Aces, +43
2005-06    Peter Metcalf, Alaska Aces, +44
2004-05    Aaron Phillips, Pensacola Ice Pilots, +36
2003-04    Tim Smith, Columbia Inferno, +40
2002-03    Mike Glumac, Pee Dee Pride, +37
                Dennis Vial, Columbia Inferno, +37
2001-02    Konstantin Kalmikov, Louisiana IceGators, +43
2000-01    Jay Murphy, Louisiana Ice Gators, +32
1999-00    Andy MacIntyre, Florida Everblades, +46
1998-99    Jan Vodrazka, Pee Dee Pride, +44
1997-98    Stan Melanson, Louisiana IceGators, +36
1996-97    Dominic Maltais, Hampton Roads Admirals, +44
1995-96    Kim Maier, Knoxville Cherokees, +48
1994-95    Jamie Steer, Dayton Bombers, +43
1993-94    Sebastien Laplante, Greensboro Monarchs, +42
1992-93    Victor Gervais, Hampton Roads Admirals, +59
1991-92    Brad McCaughey, Toledo Storm, +51