Shrewsbury, N.J.- The ECHL announced on Monday, November 20th Heartlanders Forward Davis Koch had earned the Inglasco Player of the Week Award for the week of November 13th-20th. Koch becomes the third Heartlander to bring the award back to Iowa, and the first since Kris Bennett in February of 2022. Jake Smith also won the award two weeks before Bennett. Last Week, Peyton Jones won ECHL Goalkeeper of the Week, becoming the first time Iowa has won weekly awards in consecutive weeks.
Koch, who dons the #17 Jersey, put five goals and one assist past the Utah Grizzlies in Iowa’s three-game sweep, which has extended their winning streak to six games. Koch was just inches off completing a hat trick on Friday night when his full ice shot on an empty net barely hit the post and rolled aside.
Davis Koch’s diverse and unusual hockey career has undoubtedly led to his success in the Heartland. From 2014-19, he was a points machine in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Vancouver Giants, including two seasons with 70+ points. He then went to play in Germany for various DEL2 Squads, averaging almost a point per game, as well as a 28-game stint in the DEL with ERC Ingolstadt in 2021-22.
Since coming to Iowa, Koch has made his name irreplaceable in the Heartlander Lineup Card and shows no sign of slowing down as the Heartlanders head into their ten-game road trip against division rivals Kalamazoo, Fort Wayne, Wheeling, Cincinnati, and Toledo, visiting every divisional rival except Indy. Fans will be able to catch a break from Thanksgiving festivities (or incorporate the Heartlanders into them) and tune into David Fine as he calls Heartlanders hockey on FloSports on Wednesday at Kalamazoo at 6:00 CT, Thursday at Fort Wayne at 6:30 CT, and Saturday and Sunday at Wheeling at 6:10 CT and 3:10 CT, respectively.