Zapolski named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced that
Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays is the recipient of the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for 2012-13.

The Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year award is presented annually to the goaltender selected to be the best at his position as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

Mark Guggenberger of Alaska finished second, followed by Idaho’s Josh Robinson, Joel Martin of Kalamazoo and Gwinnett’s Mike Lee.

The winner of the CCM Most Valuable Player award will be announced on Friday.

Zapolski, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and All-ECHL First Team last week, and on Monday was named the Rookie of the Year, is the first rookie to be named the Goaltender of the Year since Alaska’s Jean-Philippe Lamoureux in 2008-09. He joins Louisiana’s Frederic Cloutier (2001-02), Trenton’s Scott Stirling (2000-01), Hampton Roads’ Jan Lasak (1999-00) and Richmond’s Maxime Gingras (1998-99) as winners of both the Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year in the same season.

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.

Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year Award Winners

2013Ryan ZapolskiSouth Carolina Stingrays
2012Jeff JakaitisGwinnett Gladiators
2011Gerald ColemanAlaska Aces
2010Todd FordSouth Carolina Stingrays
2009J.P. LamoureuxAlaska Aces
2008Anton KhudobinTexas Wildcatters
2007Adam BerkhoelDayton Bombers
2006Matt UnderhillAlaska Aces
2005Chris MaddenLong Beach Ice Dogs/Florida Everblades
2004Scott StirlingAtlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2003Alfie MichaudPeoria Rivermen
2002Frederic CloutierLouisiana IceGators
2001Scott StirlingTrenton Titans
2000Jan LasakHampton Roads Admirals
1999Maxime GingrasRichmond Renegades
1998Nick VitucciToledo Storm
1997Marc DelormeLouisiana IceGators
1996Alain MorissetteLouisville RiverFrogs
1995Chris GordonHuntington Blizzard
1994Cory CaddenKnoxville Cherokees