Leading the postseason with 13 wins and three shutouts, Idaho goaltender Dan Ellis earned Most Valuable Player honors for the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Ellis was 4-1 with a shutout, a goals against average of 1.95 and a save percentage of .933 in the Finals.
With Idaho trailing 2-0 in the Pacific Division Semifinals, the 23-year-old Ellis returned from a three-month call-up with Utah of the American Hockey League and, briefly, Dallas of the National Hockey League. Upon his return, Ellis went 3-0 with two shutouts, including a shutout in his first-ever professional postseason start, and an overtime win to help Idaho advance to the Pacific Division Finals.
Selected in the second round (60th overall) by Dallas in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract with the Stars, Ellis led the postseason in minutes (966) and saves (456) while ranking third in goals against average (1.86) and fourth in save percentage (.938).
Ellis made his NHL debut on February 18 and made 25 saves in the Stars 4-3 win at Los Angeles.