The South Carolina Stingrays announced today that goaltender Ryan Zapolski has been named to the All-ECHL First Team.
Zapolski, 26, holds a 26-11-2 record this season and leads the ECHL with a 1.66 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and eight shutouts. His eight shutouts are tied for the most in a single season in ECHL history. Named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team yesterday, the Erie, Pennsylvania, native has allowed two goals or less in 33 of his 39 appearances this season. Zapolski also earned Most Valuable Player of the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game and is a three-time ECHL Goaltender of the Week selection and two-time ECHL Goaltender of the Month selection (December and February).
The 6-foot, 185-pound goaltender is the fifth Stingray to be named to the All-ECHL First Team in team history behind netminder Todd Ford (2009-10), forward Travis Morin (2008-09) and defensemen Chris Hynnes (1997-98) and ScottBoston (1994-95). Prior to turning pro, Zapolski skated for four seasons at Mercyhurst College appearing in 109 games going 48-43-11 with eight shutouts, a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.
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