The ECHL on Tuesday announced that Brad Ralph of the Florida Everblades is the 2017-18 recipient of the John Brophy Award as the league’s Coach of the Year.
The John Brophy Award is the trophy presented annually to the ECHL coach selected to have contributed the most to his team’s success as selected in a vote of league coaches. The trophy is named for John Brophy, who won a record three ECHL titles with Hampton Roads in 1991, 1992 and 1998, and was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
The winner of the Defenseman of the Year award will be announced on Wednesday.
Ralph led the Everblades to a 53-13-6 record, their third South Division title in the last four seasons and the club’s third Brabham Cup in team history. The Everblades’ 112 points set a new club record while the 53 wins tied the most in team history, which was originally set in the 1999-2000 season. Florida went 26-7-3 on the road, tying the record for the most road wins in a single season in the ECHL’s 30-year history. Ralph also earned the right to coach in the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic for the second consecutive season.
In two seasons as Everblades’ head coach, Ralph is 99-34-11 and he is 231-98-31 in five ECHL seasons with Florida and Idaho. He went 48-20-4 in one season as head coach of Kelowna in the Western Hockey League in 2015-16, and also has previous coaching experience with Augusta of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
John Brophy Award Winners (ECHL Coach of the Year)
2017-18 Brad Ralph, Florida Everblades
2016-17 Dan Watson, Toledo Walleye
2015-16 Richard Matvichuk, Missouri Mavericks
2014-15 Derek Lalonde, Toledo Walleye
2013-14 Spencer Carbery, South Carolina Stingrays
2012-13 Jarrod Skalde, Cincinnati Cyclones
2011-12 Rob Murray, Alaska Aces and John Wroblewski, Gwinnett Gladiators
2010-11 Brent Thompson, Alaska Aces
2009-10 Derek Laxdal, Idaho Steelheads
2008-09 Rick Kowalsky, Trenton Devils
2007-08 Chuck Weber, Cincinnati Cyclones
2006-07 Davis Payne, Alaska Aces
2005-06 Glen Gulutzan, Las Vegas Wranglers
2004-05 Nick Vitucci, Toledo Storm
2003-04 Pat Bingham, Wheeling Nailers
2002-03 Claude Noel, Toledo Storm
2001-02 Dave Farrish, Louisiana Ice Gators
2000-01 Troy Ward, Trenton Titans
1999-00 Bob Ferguson, Florida Everblades
1998-99 Bob Ferguson, Florida Everblades
1997-98 Chris Nilan, Chesapeake IceBreakers
1996-97 Brian McCutcheon, Columbus Chill
1995-96 Roy Sommer, Richmond Renegades
1994-95 Jim Playfair, Dayton Bombers
1993-94 Barry Smith, Knoxville Cherokees
1992-93 Kurt Kleinendorst, Raleigh IceCaps
1991-92 Doug Sauter, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
1990-91 Don Jackson, Knoxville Cherokees
1989-90 Dave Allison, Virginia Lancers
1988-89 Ron Hansis, Erie Panthers