Former Laker Jeff Jakaitis wins ECHL awards, including goaltender of the year

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. Former Lake Superior State goaltender Jeff Jakaitis '07, of the South Carolina Stingrays, was named the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year for the 2013-14 season. The award, which was announced Friday, marks the second consecutive season a Stingrays goaltender has claimed the highest individual honor, an ECHL record, and the third time in the last five campaigns.
 
Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, finished this season third in the ECHL with 24 wins and .924 save percentage, fifth with a 2.16 goals-against average and tied for sixth with three shutouts. Overall, the Rochester, Minn., native held a 24-12-1-2 record in 40 games and was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month in October and December, setting a new league record with four monthly awards in his career.

Jakaitis allowed two goals or less in 28 of his 40 appearances this season.The ECHL Goaltender of the Year selection is Jakaitis’ second in his career, receiving the honor as a member of the Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011-12 and joins Scott Stirling (2000-01, 2003-04) as the only two-time winners in the award’s history.

Last week, he was also awarded the Stingrays’ Jerry Zucker Community Service Award for the 2013-14 season.

Jakaitis is in his seventh professional season. He was recently called up to the AHL's Providence Bruins, where he joined former Laker defenseman Zach Trotman. The Bruins are playing Springfield during the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.