The ECHL on Monday announced that Allen Americans’ defenseman Joel Chouinard is the recipient of the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Year award after finishing the season with a plus-minus rating of +47.
Chouinard posted an even or better rating in 54 of his 72 games this season. He posted 44 points (10g-34a), which was tied for 10th among ECHL defensemen.
A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Chouinard has recorded 92 points (22g-70a) in 155 career ECHL games with Allen and Toledo while adding 50 points (16g-34a) in 204 career American Hockey League games with Lake Erie, Hamilton, Grand Rapids, Iowa and Chicago.
ECHL Plus-Minus Rating Leaders2016-17 Joel Chouinard, Allen Americans, +472015-16 Joey Leach, South Carolina Stingrays, +402014-15 Drew Daniels, Fort Wayne Komets, +46 Mike Little, Florida Everblades, +462013-14 Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces, +492012-13 Matt Case, Idaho Steelheads, +322011-12 Mathieu Aubin, Cincinnati Cyclones, +252010-11 Trent Daavettila, Kalamazoo Wings, +28 Brendan Connolly, Greenville Road Warriors, +282009-10 Mark Derlago, Idaho Steelheads, +342008-09 Travis Morin, South Carolina Stingrays, +372007-08 Chad Starling, Cincinnati Cyclones, +482006-07 Matt Shasby, Alaska Aces, +432005-06 Peter Metcalf, Alaska Aces, +442004-05 Aaron Phillips, Pensacola Ice Pilots, +362003-04 Tim Smith, Columbia Inferno, +402002-03 Mike Glumac, Pee Dee Pride, +37 Dennis Vial, Columbia Inferno, +372001-02 Konstantin Kalmikov, Louisiana IceGators, +432000-01 Jay Murphy, Louisiana Ice Gators, +321999-00 Andy MacIntyre, Florida Everblades, +461998-99 Jan Vodrazka, Pee Dee Pride, +441997-98 Stan Melanson, Louisiana IceGators, +361996-97 Dominic Maltais, Hampton Roads Admirals, +441995-96 Kim Maier, Knoxville Cherokees, +481994-95 Jamie Steer, Dayton Bombers, +431993-94 Sebastien Laplante, Greensboro Monarchs, +421992-93 Victor Gervais, Hampton Roads Admirals, +591991-92 Brad McCaughey, Toledo Storm, +51