Kronwall wins Eddie Shore Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Niklas Kronwall of the Grand Rapids Griffins has been named the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s outstanding defenseman for the 2004-05 season, as voted by AHL players and members of the media in each of the league’s 28 cities.

Kronwall has recorded 12 goals and 38 assists for 50 points in 73 games for the Griffins this season, making him Grand Rapids’ leading scorer and tying him for second among AHL defensemen. A first-round choice (29th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Kronwall made his North American debut in 2003-04, splitting the season between Grand Rapids and Detroit before suffering a season-ending leg injury on Jan. 22. Kronwall was voted a starter for the PlanetUSA team at the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic, and last week was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team.

This award, which was first presented by the AHL in 1959, honors the late Eddie Shore, a Hockey Hall of Famer widely regarded as one of hockey’s greatest defensemen. Shore, a four-time winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, won a total of five Calder Cups, including two as the general manager of the Buffalo Bisons and three as the longtime owner of the Springfield Indians.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Kronwall is the first European-born player to capture the Eddie Shore Award. Previous winners include Steve Kraftcheck (1959), Al Arbour (1965), Noel Price (1970, ’72, ’76), Marshall Johnston (1971), Terry Murray (1978, ’79), Brad Shaw (1987), Dave Fenyves (1988, ’89), Eric Weinrich (1990), Greg Hawgood (1992), Darren Rumble (1997), Brad Tiley (2000), John Slaney (2001, ’02) and Curtis Murphy (2003, ’04).

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. This season, more than 6.3 million fans have attended AHL games to date, and 16 clubs will continue to vie for the league’s coveted championship trophy when the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs get underway next week.

Eddie Shore Award
Season Player
2004-05 Niklas Kronwall, Grand Rapids
2003-04 Curtis Murphy, Milwaukee
2002-03 Curtis Murphy, Houston
2001-02 John Slaney, Philadelphia
2000-01 John Slaney, WBS/Philadelphia
1999-2000 Brad Tiley, Springfield
1998-99 Ken Sutton, Albany
1997-98 Jamie Heward, Philadelphia
1996-97 Darren Rumble, Philadelphia
1995-96 Barry Richter, Binghamton
1994-95 Jeff Serowik, Providence
1993-94 Chris Snell, St. John’s
1992-93 Bobby Dollas, Adirondack
1991-92 Greg Hawgood, Cape Breton
1990-91 Norm Maciver, Cape Breton
1989-90 Eric Weinrich, Utica
1988-89 Dave Fenyves, Hershey
1987-88 Dave Fenyves, Hershey
1986-87 Brad Shaw, Binghamton
1985-86 Jim Wiemer, New Haven
1984-85 Richie Dunn, Binghamton
1983-84 Garry Lariviere, St. Catharines
1982-83 Greg Tebbutt, Baltimore
1981-82 Dave Farrish, New Brunswick
1980-81 Craig Levie, Nova Scotia
1979-80 Rick Vasko, Adirondack
1978-79 Terry Murray, Maine
1977-78 Terry Murray, Maine
1976-77 Brian Engblom, Nova Scotia
1975-76 Noel Price, Nova Scotia
1974-75 Joe Zanussi, Providence
1973-74 Gordie Smith, Springfield
1972-73 Ray McKay, Cincinnati
1971-72 Noel Price, Springfield/Nova Scotia
1970-71 Marshall Johnston, Cleveland
1969-70 Noel Price, Springfield
1968-69 Bob Blackburn, Buffalo
1967-68 Bill Needham, Cleveland
1966-67 Bob McCord, Pittsburgh
1965-66 Jim Morrison, Quebec
1964-65 Al Arbour, Rochester
1963-64 Ted Harris, Cleveland
1962-63 Marc Reaume, Hershey
1961-62 Kent Douglas, Springfield
1960-61 Bob McCord, Springfield
1959-60 Larry Hillman, Providence
1958-59 Steve Kraftcheck, Rochester