April 6, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL)
PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL on Friday announced that Chad Costello of the Colorado Eagles has been selected as the CCM ECHL Most Valuable Player for 2011-12.
The CCM 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.
Dustin Gazley of Elmira finished second, followed by Las Vegas' Joe Fallon and Eric Lampe, and Justin Bowers of Greenville.
Costello, who was named First-Team All-ECHL last week, was fourth in the ECHL with 76 points (29g-47a) despite playing just 47 games. He was tied for fourth in the league in plus-minus at +21 and tied for sixth with 47 assists. He also appeared in 11 American Hockey League games this season with Springfield and Worcester tallying four assists.
A native of Johnston, Iowa, Costello was the ECHL's Plus Performer of the Month for December after leading the league with a plus-minus rating of +19, and he was the league's Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 11 after posting five points (3g-2a) and a +7 rating in three games.
CCM U+ ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Winners
YEAR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER TEAM
2012 Chad Costello Colorado Eagles
2011 Wes Goldie Alaska Aces
2010 Tyler Donati Elmira Jackals
2009 Kevin Baker Florida Everblades
2008 David Desharnais Cincinnati Cyclones
2007 Brad Schell Gwinnett Gladiators
2006 Jeff Campbell Gwinnett Gladiators
2005 Scott Gomez Alaska Aces
2004 Scott Stirling Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2003 Buddy Smith Arkansas RiverBlades
2002 Frederic Cloutier Louisiana IceGators
2001 Scott King Charlotte Checkers
2000 Andrew Williamson Toledo Storm
1999 Chris Valicevic Louisiana IceGators
1998 Jamey Hicks Birmingham Bulls
1997 Mike Ross South Carolina Stingrays
1996 Hugo P. Belanger Nashville Knights
1995 Vadim Slivchenko Wheeling Thunderbirds
1994 Joe Flanagan Birmingham Bulls
1993 Trevor Jobe Nashville Knights
1992 Phil Berger Greensboro Monarchs
1991 Stan Drulia Knoxville Cherokees
1990 Bill McDougall Erie Panthers
1989 Daryl Harpe Erie Panthers