The Missouri Mavericks’ Robby Nolan is the Central Hockey League’s 2010-11 Most Outstanding Goaltender.

The Missouri Mavericks’ Robby Nolan is the Central Hockey League’s 2010-11 Most Outstanding Goaltender.

The award is presented in memory of Scott Brower, former Memphis goaltender and Corpus Christi employee.

The award is determined through balloting of CHL head coaches, communications departments and selected media members in each market.

“Coach (Scott Hillman) just announced I won the award in front of the team, which was very nice,” Nolan said by phone from Hidalgo, Texas, where the Mavericks played the Killer Bees Friday night. “There were so many great goalies up for this award. It’s really special to win it.

“It’s not glamorous playing defense, and the guys on the team do a great job blocking shots with their sticks and their bodies. They’d do anything for me and I’d do anything for them.

Nolan, 25, appeared on 39 of the 60 ballots returned marking the largest percentage of any of the CHL’s year-end awards. He was followed by Dayton’s Jeff Jakaitis, who had 13 votes.

“What an incredible honor to be recognized not only by his peers (in the best-of-the-best poll earlier this week), but by the coaches, the media and CHL representatives as the very best,” Hillman said.

“Robby is so humble, but I am the first to admit he is a huge piece of this team. We would not be contending for first place in the final weekend of the season without his stellar play between the pipes.”

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native has a 26-13-5 record this season, and he ranks in the top five of nearly every major goaltending category in the CHL.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound goaltender is currently ranked first in the CHL with a 2.07 goals-against average, and his seven shutouts are also tops in the league. Nolan’s seven shutouts this season are the most by a goaltender since Bossier-Shreveport’s John DeCaro had 11 shutouts during the 2007-08 season.

Nolan has a .928 save percentage ranking third in that department and his 26 wins on the season also rank third.  

“You know that the personal stuff doesn’t mean as much to me as the team’s success, and this is a tight-knit team,” Nolan said. “We’re all close. Gerry (Festa, the backup goaltender) pushes me every day in practice and when it comes to game day, I know what I can expect from every guy on the team. This award was given to me, but it belongs to everyone.”

Nolan is in his second year as a pro and is also a finalist for the CHL’s Most Valuable Player award which will be announced early next week. He played his first season in the International Hockey League with the Flint Generals.