The Best Goalie Trophy, sponsored by the Pro Shop, is awarded to the goalkeeper having played a minimum of 10 games with the best combined record of fewest goals scored against and the best save percentage during the regular season.
Our first nominee was Lance Parker from the Sukhumvit Spitfires. The Spitfires didn’t start off with Lance when the 2016-2017 got started, they had Jason Cotsmire, but they lost him to a lower body injury early in the season. Also, Lance didn’t started off his career by substituting for the Aware in a game, getting the first SHL shutout of the season. After that, he signed on with the Spitfires and helped bring them from last place to first place in the regular season.
Our second nominee was Gabor Toth of Sport Corner-Titanium. Gabor had a great season with SC-Titanium as well as helping out Hooters Nana a few times during the season when it was needed. Gabor played in the most games this season with the total being 19 games, which was 5 more than Lance. In those 19 games, Gabor faced an amazing 449 shots on goal. If it would have been sheer volume of shots, Gabor would have walked away with this title, but the decision was based on a combined record of fewest goals scored against with the best save percentage during the regular season.
Our third nominee was Yves Gaboriault from the Aware. Due to a lower body injury near the end of the season, Yves was only able to play in the required minimum 10 games, and even though the Aware placed third at the end of the regular season, if Yves hadn’t been injured, they would have placed higher in the standings at the end of the season. That being said, Yves did have great season and won our inaugural Best Goaltender trophy.
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