Zapolski named ECHL Rookie of the Year

Another award for South Carolina goalie Ryan Zapolski.

Zapolski was named the ECHL Rookie of the Year. The Goalie of the Year will be announced tomorrow and I’d be shocked if he didn’t had that trophy to his already growing case.

He’ll be in the running for the MVP as well.

Zapolski is the second Stingray to be named ECHL Rookie of the Year behind forward Joey Tenute in 2004-05.

Zapolski, 26, becomes the fifth goaltender in ECHL history to be named Rookie of the Year and the first since Frederic Cloutier during the 2001-02 season. The Erie, Pennsylvania, native was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and the All-ECHL First Team last week and led the ECHL with a 1.64 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and eight shutouts and tied for second among netminders with 27 wins and fifth with 2,378 minutes played. Zapolski set a new ECHL single-season record for lowest goals-against average, tied the single-season mark for shutouts and tied the second-best save percentage in league history. He also earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game and was a two-time Goaltender of the Month selection and three-time Goaltender of the Week choice this season.


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