PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Monday announced that Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays
has been named CCM Rookie of the Year and the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy.
The award is presented annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.. The trophy was named in honor of John A. Daley in 1997. Daley, who passed away in 1996, was one of the founding fathers of the ECHL, serving as general manger and minority owner of the Johnstown Chiefs from the inception of the team in 1988 until 1994.
of Ontario finished second, followed by Cincinnati’s David Pacan
, Sacha Guimond
of Gwinnett and Idaho’s Austin Smith
The ECHL will announce the winner of the Coach of the Year and recipient of the John Brophy Award on Tuesday.
Zapolski, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and the All-ECHL First Team last week, 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. The 26-year-old 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 is just the fifth goaltender in the 25-year history of the ECHL to be named Rookie of the Year, and the first since Louisiana’s Frederic Cloutier in 2001-02. The other goaltenders to win the award are Scott Stirling
(Trenton, 2000-01), Jan Lasak (Hampton Roads, 1999-00) and Maxime Gingras