John Brophy Award

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John Brophy Award
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for to the ECHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success.
First award 1989 (renamed in 2003)
Most recent Dan Watson
(Toledo Walleye)

The John Brophy Award goes 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. The John Brophy Award has been awarded to teams since 1989. The award is named after John Brophy, who coached in the league for 13 seasons and won 575 regular and postseason games, an ECHL record. The award, founded in 1989 and originally named Coach Of The Year, was renamed in his honor in 2003.

Bob Ferguson is the only multiple winner of the award, having won it in 1999 and 2000.


Season Coach Team
1988–89 Ron Hansis Erie Panthers
1989–90 Dave Allison Virginia Lancers
1990–91 Don Jackson Knoxville Cherokees
1991–92 Doug Sauter Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
1992–93 Kurt Kleinendorst Raleigh IceCaps
1993–94 Barry Smith Knoxville Cherokees (2)
1994–95 Jim Playfair Dayton Bombers
1995–96 Roy Sommer Richmond Renegades
1996–97 Brian McCutcheon Columbus Chill
1997–98 Chris Nilan Chesapeake Icebreakers
1998–99 Bob Ferguson Florida Everblades
1999–00 Bob Ferguson (2) Florida Everblades (2)
2000–01 Troy Ward Trenton Titans
2001–02 Dave Farrish Louisiana IceGators
2002–03 Claude Noel Toledo Storm
2003–04 Pat Bingham Wheeling Nailers
2004–05 Nick Vitucci Toledo Storm (2)
2005–06 Glen Gulutzan[1] Las Vegas Wranglers
2006–07 Davis Payne[2] Alaska Aces
2007–08 Chuck Weber[3] Cincinnati Cyclones
2008–09 Rick Kowalsky[4] Trenton Devils (2)
2009–10 Derek Laxdal[5] Idaho Steelheads
2010–11 Brent Thompson Alaska Aces (2)
2011–12 Rob Murray Alaska Aces (3)
John Wroblewski Gwinnett Gladiators
2012–13 Jarrod Skalde Cincinnati Cyclones (2)
2013–14 Spencer Carbery South Carolina Stingrays
2014–15 Derek Lalonde Toledo Walleye (3)
2015–16 Richard Matvichuk[6] Missouri Mavericks
2016–17 Dan Watson[7] Toledo Walleye (4)

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  1. ^ "Las Vegas' Gulutzan Receives John Brophy Award". 2006-04-09. Retrieved 2010-09-16. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Alaska's Payne Receives John Brophy Award". 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2010-09-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Cincinnati's Weber Receives John Brophy Award". 2010-04-08. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Trenton's Kowalsky Receives John Brophy Award". 2009-04-06. Archived from the original on November 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Idaho's Laxdal Receives John Brophy Award". 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-09-16. [dead link]
  6. ^ "MATVICHUK NAMED 2015-16 ECHL COACH OF THE YEAR". ECHL. April 12, 2016. 

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