The CCM Most Valuable Player award is presented annually to the player selected to be the most valuable to his team as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
Zapolski joins Frederic Cloutier (Louisiana, 2001-02) as the only players in ECHL history to win Rookie of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. He is the first rookie to win MVP honors since Cincinnati’s David Desharnais in 2007-08, and joins Cloutier and Scott Stirling (Atlantic City, 2003-04) as the only goaltenders to be named ECHL Most Valuable Player.
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.
A native of Erie, Pa., Zapolski allowed two goals or less in 32 of his 38 appearances this season, and was at his best down the stretch going 12-3-2 over his last 17 games with five shutouts, a 1.22 goals-against average and a save percentage of .960.
CCM ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Winners
|YEAR||MOST VALUABLE PLAYER||TEAM|
|2013||Ryan Zapolski||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2012||Chad Costello||Colorado Eagles|
|2011||Wes Goldie||Alaska Aces|
|2010||Tyler Donati||Elmira Jackals|
|2009||Kevin Baker||Florida Everblades|
|2008||David Desharnais||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|2007||Brad Schell||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|2006||Jeff Campbell||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|2005||Scott Gomez||Alaska Aces|
|2004||Scott Stirling||Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies|
|2003||Buddy Smith||Arkansas RiverBlades|
|2002||Frederic Cloutier||Louisiana IceGators|
|2001||Scott King||Charlotte Checkers|
|2000||Andrew Williamson||Toledo Storm|
|1999||Chris Valicevic||Louisiana IceGators|
|1998||Jamey Hicks||Birmingham Bulls|
|1997||Mike Ross||South Carolina Stingrays|
|1996||Hugo P. Belanger||Nashville Knights|
|1995||Vadim Slivchenko||Wheeling Thunderbirds|
|1994||Joe Flanagan||Birmingham Bulls|
|1993||Trevor Jobe||Nashville Knights|
|1992||Phil Berger||Greensboro Monarchs|
|1991||Stan Drulia||Knoxville Cherokees|
|1990||Bill McDougall||Erie Panthers|
|1989||Daryl Harpe||Erie Panthers|