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Zapolski named CCM ECHL Most Valuable Player


PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Friday announced that
Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays has been named the CCM ECHL Most Valuable Player for 2012-13.

The
CCM
Most Valuable Player award is presented annually to the player selected to be the most valuable to his team as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

Mathieu Roy of Florida finished second, followed by Gwinnett’s Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Nick Mazzolini of Alaska and Colton Yellow Horn of Ontario.

Zapolski joins Frederic Cloutier (Louisiana, 2001-02) as the only players in ECHL history to win Rookie of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. He is the first rookie to win MVP honors since Cincinnati’s
David Desharnais in 2007-08, and joins Cloutier and Scott Stirling (Atlantic City, 2003-04) as the only goaltenders to be named ECHL Most Valuable Player.

The 26-year-old led the ECHL with a 1.64 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and eight shutouts, while finishing tied for second with 27 wins and fifth with 2,378 minutes played. He set a new ECHL single-season record for lowest goals-against average, while tying the mark for most shutouts in a season and tying the second best save percentage in league history. Zapolski also earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, stopping all 17 shots he faced in the second period of the ECHL All-Star 7-3 win against Colorado.

A native of Erie, Pa., Zapolski allowed two goals or less in 32 of his 38 appearances this season, and was at his best down the stretch going 12-3-2 over his last 17 games with five shutouts, a 1.22 goals-against average and a save percentage of .960.

CCM ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Winners

       
YEAR   MOST VALUABLE PLAYER TEAM
2013   Ryan Zapolski South Carolina Stingrays
       
2012   Chad Costello Colorado Eagles
       
2011   Wes Goldie Alaska Aces
       
2010   Tyler Donati Elmira Jackals
       
2009   Kevin Baker Florida Everblades
       
2008   David Desharnais Cincinnati Cyclones
       
2007   Brad Schell Gwinnett Gladiators
       
2006   Jeff Campbell Gwinnett Gladiators
       
2005   Scott Gomez Alaska Aces
       
2004   Scott Stirling Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
       
2003   Buddy Smith Arkansas RiverBlades
       
2002   Frederic Cloutier Louisiana IceGators
       
2001   Scott King Charlotte Checkers
       
2000   Andrew Williamson Toledo Storm
       
1999   Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators
       
1998   Jamey Hicks Birmingham Bulls
       
1997   Mike Ross South Carolina Stingrays
       
1996   Hugo P. Belanger Nashville Knights
       
1995   Vadim Slivchenko Wheeling Thunderbirds
       
1994   Joe Flanagan Birmingham Bulls
       
1993   Trevor Jobe Nashville Knights
       
1992   Phil Berger Greensboro Monarchs
       
1991   Stan Drulia Knoxville Cherokees
       
1990   Bill McDougall Erie Panthers
       
1989   Daryl Harpe Erie Panthers