close
close

Hershey’s Shepard and Stevenson win AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for 2023-2024

American hockey league

April 20, 2024 – News release from the American Hockey League (AHL).

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Hunter Shepard and Clay Stevenson of the Hershey Bears have received the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for the 2023-2024 season. Since 1972, the award has been presented to the goaltender(s) of the team that allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season.

To be eligible for the award, a goalkeeper must have appeared in at least 25 of his team’s matches.

The Bears, who won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions with a 53-14-0-5 record (111 points), allowed 151 goals in 2023-24, an average of 2.10 per contest. . This is the second time in the past four years that Hershey goaltenders have won the Holmes Award.

A first-team AHL All-Star, Shepard went 27-4-3 in 34 appearances and led the league with a 1.76 goals-against average – the fifth-lowest mark in AHL history – and a save percentage of .929, while recording five shutouts. Stevenson, in his first full AHL campaign, went 24-10-2 with a 2.06 GAA and a .922 save percentage and tied an 85-year-old franchise record with seven shutouts.

Shepard and Stevenson will be the fifth pair of teammates to finish a season 1-2 in league play with goals-against average, following Boston’s Ross Brooks and Dan Bouchard in 1971-72; Dave Elenbaas and Ed Walsh from Nova Scotia in 1976-77; J.C. Bergeron and Andre Racicot of Sherbrooke in 1989-90; and Hartford’s Steve Valiquette and Jason LaBarbera in 2003-2004.

The Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award, first presented in 1948 to the goaltender with the best goals-against average in the AHL, is named after Hockey Hall of Famer Harry “Hap” Holmes, a prominent figure in the early professional hockey and an outstanding goaltender of his era. Previous winners or co-winners of the award include Gil Mayer (1951, ’53, ’54, ’55, ’56), Johnny Bower (1957, ’58), Marcel Paille (1961, ’62), Gerry Cheevers (1965 ), Gilles Villemure (1969, ’70), Pete Peeters (1979), Pelle Lindbergh (1981), Clint Malarchuk (1983), Vincent Riendeau (1987, ’88), Corey Hirsch (1993), Olaf Kolzig (1994), Byron Dafoe (1994), Mike Dunham (1995), Manny Legace (1996), Jean-Sebastien Giguere (1998), Martin Biron (1999), Jason LaBarbera (2005, ’07), Cory Schneider (2009), Matt Murray ( 2015), Tristan Jarry (2017), Casey DeSmith (2017), Garret Sparks (2018), Calvin Pickard (2018), Troy Grosenick (2020), Connor Ingram (2020), Pheonix Copley (2021), Zach Fucale (2021) , Alex Lyon (2022) and Dustin Wolf (2023).

The American Hockey League, in operation since 1936, remains the top developmental league for all 32 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of all players competing in the NHL are AHL graduates, and over the years the American Hockey League has had more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board…

  • Turcotte Nets hat trick in Ontario’s 7-3 win over Eagles – Colorado Eagles
  • Antonio Stranges scored the only Texas goal of the evening: Manitoba Moose
  • Rally the Valley Phantoms Announces Playoff Schedule – Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • New Lineup Gets Attention in Tune-Up Game – Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Iowa ends the 2023-2024 season with a 3-2 win over Chicago – Iowa Wild
  • Admirals take down pigs in home final – Milwaukee Admirals
  • Wolves fall short to Wild 3-2 – Chicago Wolves
  • Wolf Pack will take on Charlotte Checkers in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs – Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Bears end regular season with 4-1 loss to Checkers – Hershey Bears
  • Penguins shutout Phantoms in season finale – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Belleville Sens Announce Dates for 2024 First Round Calder Cup Playoff Series with Toronto Marlies – Belleville Senators
  • Islanders beat Bruins 4-1 – Bridgeport Islanders
  • Crunch Fall to Comets, 5-2, in Regular Season Finale – Syracuse Crunch
  • P-Bruins topped by Islanders – Providence Bruins
  • Hogs split season series with Admirals after 6-3 loss – Rockford IceHogs
  • Toronto Marlies to face Belleville Senators in first round of 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs – Toronto Marlies
  • Checkers Hand Hershey 4-1 defeat – Charlotte Checkers
  • Wolf Pack fought back four times and ultimately defeated Thunderbirds 6-4 – Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Season finale of T-Birds spoiled by Wolf Pack – Springfield Thunderbirds
  • Shepard, Stevenson win Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award – Hershey Bears
  • Hershey’s Shepard and Stevenson win AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for 2023-2024 – AHL
  • Penguins announce first-round playoff schedule – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Comets triumph vs. Crunch in last road game of the season, 5-2 – Utica Comets
  • Morning Skating Report: April 20, 2024 – Henderson Silver Knights
  • Pearson’s hat trick leads Monsters to 4-3 victory over Marlies – Cleveland Monsters
  • Providence Bruins recall Owen Pederson from Maine Mariners, sign Wyllum Deveaux for amateur tryout – Providence Bruins
  • Jaxson Stauber’s Season Turnaround Fueled by Historic Wins – Rockford IceHogs
  • Barracuda’s Sabourin, Rocket’s Roy suspended – AHL
  • Game day: CGY at ABB – Calgary Wranglers
  • Moose signs Brett Brochu to professional tryout – Manitoba Moose
  • Rangers recall Louis Domingue and Adam Edström from Wolf Pack – Hartford Wolf Pack
  • LA Kings Announce Roster Transactions – Ontario Reign
  • Belliveau, Vierling reassigned to Wheeling – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Game #72: Tucson Roadrunners vs. San Jose Barracuda – Tucson Roadrunners
  • Game Preview: Condors vs. Knights, 7:00 PM – Bakersfield Condors
  • Dallas Stars recall defenseman Derrick Pouliot and goaltender Matt Murray – Texas Stars
  • Game example: Iowa Wild at Chicago Wolves – Iowa Wild
  • Wolf Pack Visit Thunderbirds in the finals of ‘I-91 Rivalry’ – Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Game example: Bears vs. Checkers, 7pm – Hershey Bears
  • IceHogs set to wrap up regular season series with top-ranked Admirals – Rockford IceHogs
  • Bridgeport Islanders face Bruins in final game of the season – Bridgeport Islanders
  • Bojangles Game Preview: April 20 in Hershey – Charlotte Checkers
  • Belleville Sens Clinch Franchise’s second Calder Cup Playoff berth – Belleville Senators
  • Sokolov strikes twice to lead B-Sens back to play-offs Calder Cup – Belleville Senators
  • Condors take a point in Road Final – Bakersfield Condors
  • Roadrunners score four on third for sixth straight win – Tucson Roadrunners
  • Wranglers drop OT decision at Canucks – Calgary Wranglers
  • Honzek makes professional debut with Wranglers – Calgary Wranglers
  • Ville Heinola had five points in the Manitoba-Manitoba Moose win
  • The Canucks earn a big 4-3 overtime win against the Wranglers – Abbotsford Canucks

The views expressed in this press release are those of the issuing organization and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its employees.