Gwinnett Gladiators’ defensemen Eric Springer and Joe Stejskal are the AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performers of the Month for January after leading the league with a plus-minus rating of +13 during the month.
Springer was even or better in each of his 10 games in January, including a +4 in a 7-5 win against Florida on Jan, 23 and a +3 in a 7-2 victory over the Everblades on Jan. 17.
The 26-year-old has seven points (1g-6a) and is +7 in 32 games with the Gladiators this season. He has posted 32 points (4g-28a) in 117 career ECHL games with Gwinnett and Ontario. Prior to turning pro, the native of Wrightstown, Wis. played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin recording 10 points (2g-8a) in 84 career games.
Stejskal posted an even or better rating in 11 of his 13 games in January, and posted a +4 on both Jan. 17 and Jan 23 as well.
The 26-year-old has 19 points (4g-15a) and is +9 in 41 games this season. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he has 42 points (7g-35a) in 132 career ECHL games with Gwinnett, Florida and Wheeling. A fifth-round selection (133rd overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Stejskal has also seen action in 62 career games with Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
In recognition of their accomplishment, AMI Graphics will present Eric Springer and Joe Stejskal with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month Banner during an on-ice ceremony at an upcoming Gladiators’ home game.
Top Plus Performer(s) for Each Club: Alaska – Scott Warner (+4); Allen – Tyler Ludwig (+7); Bakersfield – Michael Colavecchia, Dan DeLisle and Luke Judson (+1); Brampton – Guy LeBoeuf (+1); Cincinnati – Geoff Irwin (+4); Colorado – Trent Daavettila (+10); Elmira – Mike Bergin and Ryan Rashid (+5); Evansville – Donnie Harris – (+6); Florida – Brant Harris (+4); Fort Wayne – Drew Daniels and Mike Embach (+7); Greenville – Kyle Jean and Vinny Saponari (+4); Idaho – Drew Baker (+9); Indy – Kyle Stroh (+10); Missouri – Geoff Walker (+6); Ontario – Kyle Bigos, Derek Couture and Gasper Kopitar (+6); Orlando – Jacob Cepis (+6); Quad City – Nicholas Rioux and Johnny Rogic (0); Rapid City – Dallas Ehrhardt (+6); Reading – Michael Caruso and Adam Hughesman (+9); South Carolina – Andrew Blazek (+2); Stockton – Vinny Scarsella (+3); Toledo – Kyle Bonis, Cody Lampl, Anthony Luciani, Kyle Rogers and Shane Sims (+7); Utah – Corey Fienhage (+8); Wheeling – Harrison Ruopp (+5) and Wichita – Dan Milan and Kirill Tulupov (+5).
|October||Collin Bowman||Colorado Eagles
|Taylor Vause||Colorado Eagles|
|November||Trevor Ludwig||Allen Americans|
|Mike Little||Florida Everblades
|December||Chad Costello||Allen Americans|