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ECHL Recognizes Trainers and Equipment Managers with End of Season Awards

Tuesday, June 29th
ECHL Recognizes Trainers and Equipment Managers with End of Season Awards

The ECHL announced that, in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic, Darrin Flinchem, George Bullock, Jr.  and head equipment managers and athletic trainers from all 14 participating Teams during the 2020-21 Season have been selected as the winners of the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year award presented by Warrior Hockey and Athletic Trainer of the Year award presented by Fairly Group.

The ECHL is pleased to recognize the equipment and training staffs from all 14 Member Teams. Each team staff helped ensure teams followed the ECHL Return to Play protocol during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the ECHL, we would like to thank and recognize each of the Member Teams’ athletic trainers and equipment managers for the hard work and dedication it took to make this season happen,” said ECHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “Each one of these individuals was tasked with a lot of extra work with all of our protocols on top of what normally is already a tough job. We would like to thank our exclusive equipment provider Warrior Hockey for helping honor all the ECHL Equipment Managers. We would also like to thank the Fairly Group for helping honor and always being there to assist our Athletic Trainers when needed.” 

TEAM

EQUIPMENT MANAGER

Allen Americans

Tim Abbott

Florida Everblades

John Sellars

Fort Wayne Komets

Skylar Garver

Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Shawn Thorns

Indy Fuel

Darrin Flinchem

Jacksonville Icemen

Jeremy Holloway

Kansas City Mavericks

Lukas Nestor

Orlando Solar Bears

Adam Dexter

Rapid City Rush

Gavin Bechtol

South Carolina Stingrays

Nick Lazor

Tulsa Oilers

Tony Deynzer

Utah Grizzlies

Matthew Schwegmann

Wheeling Nailers

Bill Higgins

Wichita Thunder

Frank Jury

TEAM

ATHLETIC TRAINER

Allen Americans

Jordan Dutton

Florida Everblades

Dylan Dewey

Fort Wayne Komets

Matt Willett

Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Adam Campbell

Indy Fuel

George Bullock, Jr.

Jacksonville Icemen

Scott McLay

Kansas City Mavericks

Nick Potter

Orlando Solar Bears

Mike Degaetano

Rapid City Rush

Cody Lindhorst

South Carolina Stingrays

Max Finley

Tulsa Oilers

Steve Lintern

Utah Grizzlies

Collin Lee

Wheeling Nailers

Daniel Barker

Wichita Thunder

Josh Elmer

ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year

2020-21 ECHL Equipment Managers

2019-20 Chris Burke, Cincinnati Cyclones

2018-19 Jason MacDonald, Reading Royals

2017-18 Darren Flinchem, Indy Fuel

2016-17 Andrew Dvorak, Missouri Mavericks

2015-16 Drew Kitts, Quad City Mallards

2014-15 Dakota King, Gwinnett Gladiators

2013-14 Billy Higgins, Wheeling Nailers

2012-13 Adam Dexter, Orlando Solar Bears

2011-12 Ryan Martin, Greenville Road Warriors

2010-11 Mike Burkhead, Alaska Aces

2009-10 Ben Laing, Stockton Thunder

2008-09 Pat Noecker, Reading Royals

2007-08 Pat Noecker, Reading Royals

2005-06 Chris Burke, Fresno Falcons

2004-05 John Jennings, Florida Everblades and Russ Holden, Reading Royals 

2003-04 John Krouse, Pensacola Ice Pilots

2002-03 Tom Severance, Charlotte Checkers

ECHL Athletic Trainer of the Year

2020-21 ECHL Athletic Trainers

2019-20 George Bullock, Indy Fuel

2018-19 Nick Potter, Kansas City Mavericks

2017-18 Matt Aiello, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

2016-17 Cole Libby, Utah Grizzlies

2015-16 Scott McLay, Alaska Aces

2014-15 Brad Fredrick, Toledo Walleye

2013-14 Steve Ruhmel, Florida Everblades

2012-13 Bob Case, Cincinnati Cyclones

2011-12 Mike Schroeder, Chicago Express

2010-11 Kevin Anderson, Stockton Thunder

2009-10 Bobby Walls, Ontario Reign

2008-09 Bryan Rodgers, Dayton Bombers

2007-08 Brian Grogesky, Reading Royals 

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian provinces for its 33rd season in 2020-21. There have been 698 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 20 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2020-21 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2020-21, marking the 24th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

About Warrior Hockey

Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Warrior Sports is recognized as one of the sporting goods industry’s premier manufacturer of innovative, high-performance, cutting-edge equipment, footwear and apparel for lacrosse and hockey athletes of all ages and abilities. Founded in 1992 by former champion lacrosse player David Morrow, Warrior was acquired by privately-held New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. in February 2004.

About Fairly Group

The Fairly Group is a risk consulting firm advising clients throughout the United States and in over 100 countries in several business segments including corporate risk, human capital and benefits, and a broad array of risk consulting specialties. We are committed to finding ways to help our clients mitigate and manage risk while always challenging the paradigms that impede our mission.

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