Toledo’s Barnes named CCM ECHL Rookie of the Year


The ECHL on Monday announced that
Tyler Barnes of the Toledo Walleye has been named CCM Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy.

The award is presented annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.. The trophy 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 manger and minority owner of the Johnstown Chiefs from the inception of the team in 1988 until 1994.

Jason Bast of Idaho finished second, followed by Wheeling’s Derek Army, Greg Wolfe of Alaska and Tulsa’s Jeff Jubinville.

The ECHL will announce the winner of the Coach of the Year and recipient of the John Brophy Award on Tuesday.

Barnes, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team last week, led ECHL rookies in scoring with 74 points (34g-40a) in 71 games this season, which was also tied for eighth overall in the league. His 30 goals were tied for second among first-year players and he was tied for second with 40 assists. He also led all first-year players with 12 power-play goals and 19 power-play points. Under contract with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, Barnes was the ECHL Rookie of the Month for December after scoring 17 points (7g-10a) in 13 games during the month.

Barnes played the previous four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, totaling 101 points (45g-56a) in 152 games. Prior to joining the Badgers, he spent two seasons with Waterloo of the USHL.

ECHL Rookie of the Year Winners

   
YEARROOKIETEAM
   
2015Tyler BarnesToledo Walleye
   
2014William RapuzziIdaho Steelheads
   
2013Ryan ZapolskiSouth Carolina Stingrays
   
2012Dustin GazleyElmira Jackals
   
2011Ben StreetWheeling Nailers
   
2010Justin DonatiElmira Jackals
   
2009Bryan EwingWheeling Nailers
   
2008David DesharnaisCincinnati Cyclones
   
2007Colton FretterGwinnett Gladiators
   
2006Alex LeavittAlaska Aces
   
2005Joey TenuteSouth Carolina Stingrays
   
2004Kevin DoellGwinnett Gladiators
   
2003Jason JaffrayRoanoke Express
   
2002Frederic CloutierLouisiana IceGators
   
2001Scott StirlingTrenton Titans
   
2000Jan LasakHampton Roads Admirals
   
1999Maxime GingrasRichmond Renegades
   
1998Sean VenedamToledo Storm
   
1997Dany BousquetBirmingham Bulls
   
1996Keli CorpseWheeling Thunderbirds
   
1995Kevin McKinnonErie Panthers
   
1994Dan GravelleGreensboro Monarchs
   
1993Joe FlanaganBirmingham Bulls
   
1992Darren ColbourneDayton Bombers
   
1991Dan GauthierKnoxville Cherokees
   
1990Bill McDougallErie Panthers
   
1989Tom SassoJohnstown Chiefs