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.
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
|2013||Ryan Zapolski||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2012||Jeff Jakaitis||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|2011||Gerald Coleman||Alaska Aces|
|2010||Todd Ford||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2009||J.P. Lamoureux||Alaska Aces|
|2008||Anton Khudobin||Texas Wildcatters|
|2007||Adam Berkhoel||Dayton Bombers|
|2006||Matt Underhill||Alaska Aces|
|2005||Chris Madden||Long Beach Ice Dogs/Florida Everblades|
|2004||Scott Stirling||Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies|
|2003||Alfie Michaud||Peoria Rivermen|
|2002||Frederic Cloutier||Louisiana IceGators|
|2001||Scott Stirling||Trenton Titans|
|2000||Jan Lasak||Hampton Roads Admirals|
|1999||Maxime Gingras||Richmond Renegades|
|1998||Nick Vitucci||Toledo Storm|
|1997||Marc Delorme||Louisiana IceGators|
|1996||Alain Morissette||Louisville RiverFrogs|
|1995||Chris Gordon||Huntington Blizzard|
|1994||Cory Cadden||Knoxville Cherokees|