Wroblewski Named ECHL Co-Coach of the Year
Gladiators head coach John Wroblewski has been named a co-recipient of the John Brophy Award as the ECHL Coach of the Year. Wroblewski shares the honor with Rob Murray, the head coach of the Alaska Aces.
The John Brophy Award is the trophy presented annually to the ECHL coach selected to have contributed the most to his team's success as selected in a vote of league coaches. The trophy is named for John Brophy, who won a record three ECHL titles with Hampton Roads in 1991, 1992 and 1998, and was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
In his first season at the helm, Wroblewski guided the Gladiators to the team's first post season appearance in three years. He led the Gladiators to a 41-20-7-4 record as Gwinnett earned 93 points to tie the second best point total in team history. Under Wroblewski, the Gladiators captured the organization's second division title when the Gladiators secured the South Division Crown with a 2-0 win over Florida on March 28th.
Wroblewski joined Gwinnett after he served as an assistant coach with the Wheeling Nailers last year. He helped guide the Nailers to their best postseason finish since 1998 as Wheeling advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Before he joined the Nailers, Wroblewski began his coaching career with the USA Hockey Under 18 National Development Program from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, he helped the USA Under 18 National Development Team capture the Gold Medal in Minsk, Belarus. During his time with Team USA, Wroblewski served as an assistant to 2010-11 AHL Coach of the Year John Hynes and 2010-11 Calder Cup championship coach Kurt Kleinendorst.
Wroblewski and Murray were both honored as the co-coaches for the All-ECHL First Team on March 29th. The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and are members of the ECHL, the Premier "AA" Hockey League and play all home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.
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