Oklahoma City Barons goaltender Yann Danis
was named the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award winner as the American Hockey League's most outstanding goaltender, the league's front office announced today.
Danis, a 6-0, 185-pounder from Lafontaine, Quebec has been a stalwart in net for the Barons during the 2011-12 campaign. In his 41 games played this season, he has a 25-13-2 record, 2.13 goals against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts. Those totals put him in the top six in each of those categories in the league.
He has etched his name into the Barons record books twice already this season. His five shutouts is the most in the brief two-season history of the Barons. He also owns the individual record for consecutive shutout minutes by a Barons goaltender at 173 minutes 16 seconds. The first part of the calendar year was among his strongest stretches when he allowed two goals or fewer in 11 straight starts.
"I'm pretty happy about it," Danis said. "Also, honored. I know it is voted by the coaches and GM's around the league. So, it means a lot. I'm going to enjoy it here for a little bit but like I've said before, I'm also aware that a big part of my success this year has been the team. We've been playing well all year in front of me. I thank my teammates... it's a nice honor."
This season has proven to be a series of accomplishments for Danis. In January, he was named a Western Conference All Star and last week was named the goaltender of the First Team AHL All Star Team. The last time Danis earned accolades such as this was his final season at Brown University when he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and was named ECAC Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Goaltender.
This marks the second consecutive season a member of the Barons has earned a major award from the American Hockey League. Last season, Colin McDonald earned the Willie Marshall Award as the league's leading goal scorer.
The Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award honors the goaltender judged by AHL coaches, players and media to be the best at his position.
The Barons close out their regular season with three games this weekend. Friday, the Barons play the Houston Aeros, AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, in their final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.
Saturday, they travel to Cedar Park, Texas to take on the Texas Stars, AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. The regular season concludes Sunday at 3:30 p.m. when they take on San Antonio, AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers. All three games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY.