Jakaitis repeats as Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year

The ECHL on Thursday announced that
Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays is the recipient of the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for 2014-15.

The Warrior 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.

Jakaitis also won the award in 2011-12 while with Gwinnett and last year with the Stingrays, becoming the first goaltender in ECHL history to win the Goaltender of the Year award three times. It is also the third consecutive year that a South Carolina goaltender has captured the award after Ryan Zapolski won in 2012-13.

Jeff Lerg of Toledo finished second, followed by South Carolina’s Adam Morrison, Garret Sparks of Orlando and Idaho’s Olivier Roy.

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

Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, led the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which is tied for the second most in a single-season in ECHL history. He finished the season second in the league with a .924 save percentage and was sixth with 23 wins.

A native of Rochester, Minn., Jakaitis set three ECHL records during the course of the season as he posted four consecutive shutouts from March 7-20, went 321:46 without allowing a goal and won 16 consecutive decisions from Feb. 15-April 2.

Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year Award Winners

2015Jeff JakaitisSouth Carolina Stingrays
2014Jeff JakaitisSouth Carolina Stingrays
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