SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Yann Danis of the Oklahoma City Barons
has been named the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender for the 2011-12 season, as voted by AHL coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities.
Danis has posted a record of 25-13-2 for the Barons this season, helping the club capture the West Division championship. He ranks third in the AHL with a 2.13 goals-against average, seventh with a .923 save percentage and tied for second with five shutouts on the year. Named a First Team AHL All-Star last week, Danis has allowed two goals or fewer in 27 of his 41 appearances, including a stretch of 11 straight games from Jan. 1 to Feb. 11, and is also an impressive 15-4-1 on the road. Danis represented Oklahoma City in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic and became the first goaltender in seven years to register a shutout period in the All-Star Game, helping the Western Conference to victory.
Danis, a native of Lafontaine, Que., is completing his eighth professional season in 2011-12. He has appeared in 227 career AHL games, going 113-83-20 with 12 shutouts, and was a member of Hamilton’s Calder Cup championship team in 2007. Danis has also played 50 career games in the NHL – including one with Edmonton this season – earning 16 victories and three shutouts.