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Fort Erie's Trevor Parkes wins Calder Cup
Fort Erie's Trevor Parkes hoists the Calder Cup Wednesday after the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated Syracuse to win the American Hockey League championship. (Mark Newman Grand Rapids Griffins/Special to the Niagara Falls Review)
The Grand Rapids Griffins won their first American Hockey League title Wednesday and Trevor Parkes was on the ice to hoist the trophy.
The Fort Erie native didn’t play during the Griffins’ playoff run, but had his jersey on for the post-game celebrations after Grand Rapids’ 5-2 win over Syracuse to capture the Calder Cup in six games.
“I’m just real excited for our players who just had an unbelievable amount of determination all year,” Griffins’ first-year coach Jeff Bashill told mlive.com afterwards. “Real excited for our ownership and our organization. A lot of people have given a lot for a long period of time and they should be able to enjoy this."
The 22-year-old forward played 36 games with the Detroit Red Wings’ affiliate this season, scoring three goals and adding six assist.
He was a plus-5 and had 35 penalty minutes.
Parkes put up better numbers in the ECHL, where he notched 14 goals and 16 assists in 30 games with the Toledo Walleye.
He added three goals and two assists in six playoff games in the ECHL.
Kevin Dallman didn’t win a Kontinental Hockey League championship this season, but the Niagara Falls native did earn one of 23 year-end awards.
Dallman, a defenceman with SKA Saint Petersburg, was named one of two Gentleman On Ice winners. The award goes to one defenceman and one forward and rewards players who combine sporting excellence with impeccable behaviour.
Dallman had another outstanding season, finishing second in points for defenceman with 38 (15G, 23A) in 52 games.
The 32-year-old was tops among KHL blue-liners with a plus-27 rating, 10 power-play goals and five game-winning goals while only taking 18 penalty minutes.
Dallman added 13 points (5G, 8A) in 15 playoff games, as SKA lost to Dynamo Moscow in the Western Conference final.
Rory Glaves was part of the Rochester Knighthawks team that became the first in a decade to win consecutive National Lacrosse League titles.
Toronto was the last to do it in 2002-03.
The nine-year defenceman didn’t register a point in 13 games but had 18 loose balls as Rochester finished the regular season 8-8.