The John Brophy Award is the trophy presented annually to the ECHL coach selected to have contributed the most to his team’s success as selected in a vote of league coaches. The trophy is named for John Brophy, who won a record three ECHL titles with Hampton Roads in 1991, 1992 and 1998, and was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
The winner of the Defenseman of the Year award will be announced on Wednesday.
In his first season with the team, Lalonde led Toledo to the best single-season turnaround in ECHL history. One season after finishing with 49 points, the Walleye improved by 58 points, finishing the regular season 50-15-7 for 107 points, and capturing the Brabham Cup as regular-season champions. The 107 points are the eighth most in a single season in league history and Toledo became the first team since 2007-08 to win at least 50 games in a season.
Lalonde spent the previous three seasons as head coach of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, where in 2011-12, he led the club to a 47-9-4 record and the league title. On the international stage, Lalonde coached the United States World Junior U-19 team, which captured a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior “A” Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Prior to his time with the Gamblers, Lalonde spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Denver. While at Denver, Lalonde compiled a 122-63-19 record and helped lead the Pioneers to two WCHA Championships (2008 and 2010), and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In Lalonde’s tenure at Denver, the team never fell out of the national Top 15 rankings.
John Brophy Award Winners (ECHL Coach of the Year)
|2015||Derek Lalonde||Toledo Walleye|
|2014||Spencer Carbery||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2013||Jarrod Skalde||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|2011||Brent Thompson||Alaska Aces|
|2010||Derek Laxdal||Idaho Steelheads|
|2009||Rick Kowalsky||Trenton Devils|
|2008||Chuck Weber||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|2007||Davis Payne||Alaska Aces|
|2006||Glen Gulutzan||Las Vegas Wranglers|
|2005||Nick Vitucci||Toledo Storm|
|2004||Pat Bingham||Wheeling Nailers|
|2003||Claude Noel||Toledo Storm|
|2002||Dave Farrish||Louisiana IceGators|
|2001||Troy Ward||Trenton Titans|
|2000||Bob Ferguson||Florida Everblades|
|1999||Bob Ferguson||Florida Everblades|
|1998||Chris Nilan||Chesapeake IceBreakers|
|1997||Brian McCutcheon||Columbus Chill|
|1996||Roy Sommer||Richmond Renegades|
|1995||Jim Playfair||Dayton Bombers|
|1994||Barry Smith||Knoxville Cherokees|
|1993||Kurt Kleinendorst||Raleigh IceCaps|
|1992||Doug Sauter||Winston-Salem Thunderbirds|
|1991||Don Jackson||Knoxville Cherokees|
|1990||Dave Allison||Virginia Lancers|
|1989||Ron Hansis||Erie Panthers|