Cyclones Weber Named John Brophy Award Winner
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL learned this afternoon that Head Coach Chuck Weber has been named the league's John Brophy Award winner. The John Brophy Award is annually presented to the ECHL's Coach of the Year. The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate for the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators of the NHL.
Weber, 35, directed the Cyclones to a 55-12-1-4 (.799 winning percentage) record during the season, tying an ECHL record for most road wins (26) and capturing the Brabham Cup for compiling the league's best record. The 115 standings points are the second-most ever accumulated and the 55 wins are the second-most in the 20 year history of the league. The squad assembled an ECHL-record 17 game winning streak from Jan. 16 through Feb. 29.
The Lockport, New York native has a two year record of 92-41-5-6 (.677 career win percentage). Weber was brought in to revive the Cyclones program last season, after two seasons of inactivity. The rookie coach responded to the challenge-taking a club that was picked to finish 24th by The Hockey News, into a contender--finishing third in the division, just a win out of first place in the regular season (37-29-4-2-80 points). The club upset Toledo in the opening round, the first lower seed to knock off a higher seed in two campaigns. The Cyclones took North Division champion Dayton to a seventh game before succumbing in the divisional finals. For his efforts, Chuck was voted by the other coaches in the ECHL as runner-up for the Coach of the Year' award.
Weber was voted by his peers a spot higher in 2007-08 and was named the ECHL's John Brophy Award winner earlier today. In addition to the 17 game winning streak, Chuck directed the club to a 20 game unbeaten streak at home (18-0-2 from Nov. 28 through March 12).
"It is a great honor to win this award," Weber said. "The other coaches in the ECHL decide the winner and it means a lot to be recognized by them. I am thankful to Ray Harris and the Nederlander family for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of the Cyclones. With a great ownership group and front office staff working with me-it makes this job easier. The support staff we have here (Assistant Coach Dean Stork, Equipment Manager Chris Burke and Trainer Bob Case), is second to none and those guys are a huge reason why we are in this position today."
Among Weber's accomplishments was securing affiliation agreements with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. A total of 20 players who played for Weber in 2007-08, spent time playing in the American Hockey League-amassing 372 games there. Chuck placed his first player in the National Hockey League just a few days ago, as Greg Stewart, who played with the Cyclones last season, saw action for Montreal in its game against Toronto on Saturday night.
"We are very pleased for Chuck Weber on winning this award," Cyclones president Ray Harris said. "He has done an outstanding job with building a championship-caliber hockey team here in Cincinnati."
Weber is a 1995 graduate of the University of Albany, where he majored in Communications and had minors in Athletic Training and Business. He was also a member of the Great Danes hockey program.
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