Kansas City, Missouri – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators (NHL), are proud to announce that rookie forward Hank Crone has been named the Warrior Hockey/ECHL Most Valuable Player.
Hank Crone had an amazing rookie season winning the ECHL Scoring Title with 105 points in 69 games (49 goals and 56 assists). He had a point or more in 56 of the 69 games played this season. 29 of those games were two or more points.
“I’m very honored to receive this award,” said Crone. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, and the belief from our coaching staff. I’m super lucky to play close to home and especially in a place like Allen. I would also like to thank our great fans for the amazing support for our group throughout the year.”
He led the league in power play points this season with 39. He was also the first rookie to win the MVP Award since the 2011-2012 season.
Crone was named the ECHL Rookie of the Year last week. He was the third player in team history to win that award. He’s also a part of the All-ECHL First Team, and All-ECHL Rookie Team along with teammate Liam Finlay.
“Hank (Crone) had a tremendous season,” said Head Coach Chad Costello. “He is a very offensively gifted player. He was a huge part of our team’s success the last half of the season. He can score in a lot of different ways. He has a natural feel for the game and is a very wise hockey player. Hank was a competitor and a good teammate all year. It has been a joy to watch and coach him this season. I am very proud of him and it will be exciting to see him bring his game to the playoffs.”
The Dallas, Texas native signed with the Americans last August after finishing a successful college career. He played last season at Northern Michigan, where he led his team in scoring with 44 points in 32 games. Prior to that he spent two seasons at the University of Denver where he played with Liam Finlay in 19-20.
Hank Crone is the second player in franchise history to win the MVP Award. His coach and former Americans Captain Chad Costello won the award in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
The Americans are in the middle of a playoff battle. They resume their series against the Kansas City Mavericks next Monday night in KC with the series tied 1-1.
Warrior Hockey ECHL Most Valuable Player Award Winners
2022-23 Hank Crone, Allen Americans
2021-22 Will Graber, Fort Wayne Komets
2020-21 Anthony Beauregard, Wichita Thunder
2019-20 Josh Kestner, Toledo Walleye
2018-19 Jesse Schultz, Cincinnati Cyclones
2017-18 Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne Komets
2016-17 Chad Costello, Allen Americans
2015-16 Chad Costello, Allen Americans
2014-15 Jeff Jakaitis, South Carolina Stingrays
2013-14 Mickey Lang, Orlando Solar Bears
2012-13 Ryan Zapolski, South Carolina Stingrays
2011-12 Chad Costello, Colorado Eagles
2010-11 Wes Goldie, Alaska Aces
2009-10 Tyler Donati, Elmira Jackals
2008-09 Kevin Baker, Florida Everblades
2007-08 David Desharnais, Cincinnati Cyclones
2006-07 Brad Schell, Gwinnett Gladiators
2005-06 Jeff Campbell, Gwinnett Gladiators
2004-05 Scott Gomez, Alaska Aces
2003-04 Scott Stirling, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2002-03 Buddy Smith, Arkansas RiverBlades
2001-02 Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana IceGators
2000-01 Scott King, Charlotte Checkers
1999-00 Andrew Williamson, Toledo Storm
1998-99 Chris Valicevic, Louisiana IceGators
1997-98 Jamey Hicks, Birmingham Bulls
1996-97 Mike Ross, South Carolina Stingrays
1995-96 Hugo Belanger, Nashville Knights
1994-95 Vadim Slivchenko, Wheeling Thunderbirds
1993-94 Joe Flanagan, Birmingham Bulls
1992-93 Trevor Jobe, Nashville Knights
1991-92 Phil Berger, Greensboro Monarchs
1990-91 Stan Drulia, Knoxville Cherokees
1989-90 Bill McDougall, Erie Panthers
1988-89 Daryl Harpe, Erie Panthers