ECHL awards

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The ECHL presents numerous annual awards to recognize its teams, players, front office staff, and media contributors. The first awards were given out in recognition of the achievements of the league's teams and players in the league's inaugural season of 1989 and included the Jack Riley Cup and Brabham Cup awarded to the league's teams and the Most Valuable Player, Playoffs Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Leading Scorer awards to the league's players. The league has added many other awards since the league's inception including, the Goaltender of the Year award in 1994, the Sportsmanship Award in 1997, separate titles for each of its conference playoff champions in 1998, and the Plus Performer Award in 2000.[1]

Team trophies[edit]

Award Created Description Current holder
Patrick J. Kelly Cup 1989 Awarded to the ECHL playoff champion since 1989. Previously it was known as the Riley Cup from 1988 to 1996. Allen Americans (2016)
E.A. "Bud" Gingher Memorial Trophy 1998 Awarded to the Eastern Conference playoff champion, since 2005. Previously awarded to the Northern Conference playoff champion from 1998 to 2005 Wheeling Nailers (2016)
Bruce Taylor Trophy 1998 Awarded to the Western Conference playoff champion, since 2005. Previously the Bruce Taylor Trophy was awarded to the playoff champion of the West Coast Hockey League until the league was absorbed by the ECHL in 2003. The Bruce Taylor Trophy has also been tagged as the trophy awarded to the Southern Conference playoff champion from 1998 to 2005 Allen Americans (2016)
Henry Brabham Cup 1989 Awarded to the club finishing the regular season with the best overall record (based on points) Missouri Mavericks (2016)

Individual trophies and awards[edit]

Award Created Description Current holder
CCM Most Valuable Player 1989 Awarded to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team as voted by the coaches of each team in the ECHL. Chad Costello
Allen Americans (2016)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player 1989 Awarded to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs as selected by members of the media at the conclusion of the final game of the Kelly Cup playoffs. Chad Costello
Allen Americans (2016)
John Brophy Award 1989 Awarded to the ECHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success as voted by the coaches of each of the ECHL teams. Richard Matvichuk
Missouri Mavericks (2016)
Warrior Hockey Goaltender of the Year 1994 Awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position as voted by the coaches of each team in the ECHL. Josh Robinson
Missouri Mavericks (2016)
CCM Rookie of the Year 1989 Awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL as voted by the coaches of each of the ECHL teams. Previously known as the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy Matt Willows
Florida Everblades (2016)
CCM Defenseman of the Year 1989 Awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest ability at the position as voted by the coaches of each of the ECHL teams. Mathew Maione
Wheeling Nailers (2016)
Leading Scorer Award 1989 Awarded to the player who leads the league in scoring at the end of the regular season. Chad Costello
Allen Americans (2016)
AMI Graphics Plus Performer Award 2000 Awarded to the player who leads the league in plus/minus rating at the end of the regular season. Joey Leach
South Carolina Stingrays (2016)
Sportsmanship Award 1997 Awarded to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability as voted by the coaches of each of the ECHL teams. Shane Berschbach
Toledo Walleye (2016)
Community Service Award 2011 Awarded to a player who goes above and beyond in his efforts for community and charitable causes. Rob Florentino
Florida Everblades (2016)

Staff and miscellaneous awards[edit]

Award Created Description Current holder
General Manager of the Year 2016 The General Manager of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL coaches. Richard Matvichuk
Missouri Mavericks (2016)
Executive of the Year 1993 The Executive of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL Board of Governors. Kristin Ropp
Cincinnati Cyclones (2016)
Media Relations Director of the Year 1997 The Media Relations Director of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL media relations directors and broadcasters. DJ Abisalih
Wheeling Nailers (2016)
Broadcaster of the Year 2002 The Broadcaster of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL broadcasters and media relations directors. Tommy Daniels
Allen Americans (2016)
Excellence In Marketing 1997 The Excellence In Marketing Award is presented annually to the team marketing department "adjudged to be the best in the league" as determined by outside expert judges. Cincinnati Cyclones (2016)
Award of Excellence 2004 The Award of Excellence will be presented by the league office to teams that are first-rate, who excel in all categories of sales and marketing, and who distinguish themselves in their community, both on and off the ice. Toledo Walleye (2016)
Ticket Department of the Year 2003 The ECHL Ticket Department of the Year is determined in a vote of ECHL teams. Florida Everblades (2016)
Ticket Executive of the Year 2003 The Ticket Executive of the Year is determined in a vote of the ECHL general managers. Mike Kelly
Florida Everblades (2016)
Website of the Year 2005 The ECHL Web Site of the Year award is presented annually to the team whose web site is adjudged to be the best in the league as determined by outside expert judges. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2016)
Social Media Excellence 2016 The social media Award of Excellence is presented to an ECHL Member Team who has exemplified the use of social media in the following categories; scope of team reach (how many forms of social media does the team utilize and number of followers), creative social content/campaigns, use of social media to achieve business goals and active engagement with fans. Toledo Walleye (2016)
Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award 2008 Awarded to an On-Ice Official for his contributions and dedication to the league officiating staff and is determined in voting of ECHL On-Ice Officials. It is named in honor of ECHL linesman Ryan Birmingham, who was killed in an automobile accident in May 2007. Camden Nuckols (2016)
Oliver “Butch” Mousseaux (2016)
CCM Equipment Manager of the Year 2003 The In Glas Co Equipment Manager of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL equipment managers. Drew Kitts
Quad City Mallards (2016)
Reebok Athletic Trainer of the Year 2008 The Sports Health Athletic Trainer of the Year Award is determined in a vote of ECHL athletic trainers. Scott McLay
Alaska Aces (2016)
Outstanding Media 2003 The Outstanding Media Award is determined in a vote of the ECHL media members, broadcasters, and media relations directors. Mark Monroe, Toledo Blade
Toledo Walleye (2016)

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