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Aaron Luchuk Receives 2020-21 ECHL Sportsmanship Award

June 4, 2021 - ECHL (ECHL) - Orlando Solar Bears News Release


ORLANDO, Fla. - The ECHL on Friday announced that Orlando Solar Bears forward Aaron Luchuk has been named the recipient of the league's Sportsmanship Award for the 2020-21 season, as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

The award is presented annually to the player who is judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Brodie Reid of the Kansas City Mavericks finished second, followed by Corey Mackin of the Allen Americans, Cole Ully of the South Carolina Stingrays and Michael Pelech of the Indy Fuel.

Luchuk, 24, currently leads the ECHL in scoring with 74 points (28g-46a) in 70 games, while being assessed only 16 penalty minutes. His 28 goals and 46 assists are both tied for second in the league. His 219 shots are tied for second, while his eight power-play goals are tied for eighth.

The third-year pro has established new career-highs for goals, assists and points, and he has shattered the previous club single-season records for points, assists and shots on goal. From February 13 - March 7, the forward enjoyed an 11-game point streak - tied for the third-longest streak by an individual player in the ECHL this season - in which he posted five goals and 10 assists. Earlier this week, Luchuk was named to the All-ECHL First Team. Luchuk also received Warrior Hockey ECHL Player of the Month honors for April after leading the league with 19 points (10g-9a) in 14 games.

The Solar Bears have gone 31-14-4-1 this season when Luchuk records a point, and 16-5-2-1 when he has scored a goal. Luchuk leads the Solar Bears with 18 multi-point games; the club has posted a 14-2-1-1 record in those contests.

Luchuk has recorded 146 points (57g-89a) in 150 career ECHL games with Orlando, Brampton and Newfoundland. He has also added nine points (4g-5a) in 33 career games in the American Hockey League with Laval, Belleville and Toronto.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Kingston, Ontario played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League for the Windsor Spitfires and Barrie Colts, producing 251 points (115g-136a) in 274 games. Luchuk helped Windsor capture the Memorial Cup during the 2016-17 season, and the following year he led the circuit in scoring with 115 points, while earning OHL Second All-Star Team honors and was selected as the recipient of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the league's best overage player.

ECHL Sportsmanship Award Winners 

2020-21 Aaron Luchuk, Orlando Solar Bears

2019-20 Spencer Watson, Indy Fuel

2018-19 Zach O'Brien, Newfoundland Growlers

2017-18 Brodie Dupont, Norfolk Admirals

2016-17 Shane Berschbach, Toledo Walleye

2015-16 Shane Berschbach, Toledo Walleye

2014-15 Chad Costello, Allen Americans 

2013-14 Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces

2012-13 Randy Rowe, Toledo Walleye 

2011-12 Kevin Ulanski, Colorado Eagles 

2010-11 Brian Swanson, Alaska Aces 

2009-10 Barret Ehgoetz, Cincinnati Cyclones

2008-09 Travis Morin, South Carolina Stingrays

2007-08 Jeff Campbell, Gwinnett Gladiators

2006-07 Derek Nesbitt, Idaho Steelheads

2005-06 Steve Saviano, Florida Everblades

2004-05 Kris Goodjohn, Gwinnett Gladiators

2003-04 Mark Pederson, San Diego Gulls 

2002-03 Rejean Stringer, Columbia Inferno

2001-02 Ben Stafford, Trenton Titans 

2000-01 Jamie Ling, Dayton Bombers 

1999-00 Jamie Ling, Dayton Bombers 

1998-99 Jamie Ling, Dayton Bombers 

1997-98 Cal Ingraham, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks

1996-97 Mike Ross, South Carolina Stingrays

The ECHL will announce the recipient of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year on Monday.

NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears face the Jacksonville Icemen at VyStar Veterans Arena tonight at 7 p.m. before returning home to host Fan Appreciation Night against the Florida Everblades at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

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