Rays Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis Takes Home 2014-15 ECHL M.V.P. Honors
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis is the CCM Hockey ECHL Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season and is the second Stingrays goaltender to earn the award in the last three seasons. Stingrays forward and team captain Andrew Rowe finished fourth in the M.V.P. voting.
The CCM Hockey Most Valuable Player award is presented annually to the player selected to be the most valuable to his team as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
Chad Costello of Allen finished second, followed by Idaho's Wade MacLeod, Rowe and Fort Wayne's Shawn Szydlowski.
Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week and received the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for the third time in his career yesterday, rewrote the ECHL record book during the 2014-15 season. Over the course of the Stingrays' ECHL-record 23-game winning streak from February 7-March 27, Jakaitis went 15-0-0 with four shutouts, a 1.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .937.
The Rochester, Minnesota, native set a league record with four consecutive shutouts from March 7-20, his 321:46 shutout streak set both an ECHL and a minor-league professional hockey record and fell just 10:16 shy of the modern-era pro hockey record set by Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003-04 season. Jakaitis also established an ECHL record with a 16-game personal winning streak from February 15-April 2 and posted a record of 17-1-0 in his final 18 decisions this season. He was part of a Stingrays' goaltending group including Adam Morrison and Keegan Asmundson that posted 12 shutouts this season, setting a new ECHL record.
Jakaitis led the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which is tied for the second most in a single-season in ECHL history. His 23 career shutouts are just two behind Marc Magliarditi for the all-time league record. Jakaitis finished the season second in the league with a .924 save percentage and was sixth with 26 wins.
CCM Hockey ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Winners
2014-15 Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays
2013-14 Mickey Lang, Orlando Solar Bears
2012-13 Ryan Zapolski, South Carolina Stingrays
2011-12 Chad Costello, Colorado Eagles
2010-11 Wes Goldie, Alaska Aces
2009-10 Tyler Donati, Elmira Jackals
2008-09 Kevin Baker, Florida Everblades
2007-08 David Desharnais, Cincinnati Cyclones
2006-07 Brad Schell, Gwinnett Gladiators
2005-06 Jeff Campbell, Gwinnett Gladiators
2004-05 Scott Gomez, Alaska Aces
2003-04 Scott Stirling, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2002-03 Buddy Smith, Arkansas RiverBlades
2001-02 Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana IceGators
2000-01 Scott King, Charlotte Checkers
1999-00 Andrew Williamson, Toledo Storm
1998-99 Chris Valicevic, Louisiana IceGators
1997-98 Jamey Hicks, Birmingham Bulls
1996-97 Mike Ross, South Carolina Stingrays
1995-96 Hugo Belanger, Nashville Knights
1994-95 Vadim Slivchenko, Wheeling Thunderbirds
1993-94 Joe Flanagan, Birmingham Bulls
1992-93 Trevor Jobe, Nashville Knights
1991-92 Phil Berger, Greensboro Monarchs
1990-91 Stan Drulia, Knoxville Cherokees
1989-90 Bill McDougall, Erie Panthers
1988-89 Daryl Harpe, Erie Panthers