This is the fifth installment of the Best of Mavs Hockey series, looking back at some of the greatest players and moments as we prepare for Season 10 of Mavs Hockey…….
By: Joe Rozycki
All too often, the significance of individual accomplishments are downplayed. There’s good reason for that. No player wants to talk about what they have done or achieved. It’s all about the team. The Kansas City Mavericks are no different. That mantra has been delivered repeatedly no matter how monumental said achievement is.
We’ve seen quite a few remarkable feats from many of the talented players that have graced the ice at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Andrew Courtney setting the single-season goal record, only to turn around and break his own record the following season. Henrik Odegaard representing Norway in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is certainly a once in a lifetime feat. Sebastien Thinel’s incredible run to earn the Most Valuable Player award in the 2012-13 season. During the fan voting on social media, those were the three selections that didn’t win the fan vote. As remarkable as those achievements are, the winner of the fan vote set a record that may not fall for a very long time.
Already a winner in the Best of the Mavs series that we’ve been exploring for the last few weeks in the Best Goalie category, Josh Robinson brings home another esteemed award for winning the Best Individual Achievement throne. During his tremendous 2015-16 season, Robinson broke a record most thought would never be broken. During the 2014-15 season, Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays put together a resume that many consider one of the greatest seasons in the history of the ECHL for as goaltender. Jakaitis won 26 of his 37 appearances, with a 1.96 goals against average and a .924 save percentage as the Stingrays made a run to the Kelly Cup Finals. Jakaitis also broke the record for most consecutive games won by a goaltender in which he was victorious in 16 straight games.
Robinson was confident going into the 2015-16 season. He was prepared and determined to show that he was the best goalie in the ECHL. He had worked and trained harder than ever. He was physically and mentally on point. His performance did not disappoint and eventually led the Mavericks to their first Brabham Cup as the ECHL’s top regular season team. Robinson would post an eye-popping record of 28-2-1, a 1.88 goals against average, and a .931 save percentage. Everything Jakaitis had achieved the previous season that was being ever-so lauded was just toppled, including his name in the record books. Robinson’s string of incredible play was highlighted by an astounding 21-start win streak, shattering the mark set by Jakaitis just the season prior.
Individual achievements are not often celebrated to the fullest extent in hockey because of the nature of the sport, but the Kansas City Mavericks have had their fair share. What Josh Robinson accomplished during the 2015-16 season is something that will be nearly impossible to top for any netminder making their way through the ECHL. For the reason, Robinson takes home another award in the Best of the Mavs series.
The Best of Mavs Hockey series continues. Be sure to follow @MavsInsiderJoe on Twitter to cast your vote on the next contest: Best Rivalry
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