February 27, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey League announced that
former Toledo and current Manitoba goaltender Drew
MacIntyre has been named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Player of the Week
for the period ending Feb. 24.
Victoria is the ECHL affiliate of Manitoba. The ECHL has affiliations with
26 of the 29 teams in the AHL, marking the seventh consecutive season that
it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL. The AHL has 10
former ECHL coaches who are head coaches and 14 others who are assistant
coaches, and there have been more than 100 players under contract to a team
in the AHL who have been on an ECHL roster this year.
After beginning his week making 29 saves and scoring the game-winning goal
in a 2-1 overtime win at Chicago on Feb. 20, MacIntyre stopped 41 shots in
a 4-1 win at Grand Rapids on Feb. 22. He ended the week turning aside 28 of
29 shots in a 1-0 loss to Grand Rapids, finishing the week 2-1-0 with a
goals-against average of 0.98 and a save percentage of .970.
Selected in the fourth round (121st overall) by Detroit in the 2001 NHL
Entry Draft, the 24 year old MacIntyre played parts of three seasons for
Toledo where he was 30-12-2 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of
2.25 and a save percentage of .921 in 46 regular season games from 2003-06.
In 2005-06 with Toledo, he was 24-7-2 with two shutouts while leading the
ECHL with a goals-against average of 2.06 and ranking third with a save
percentage of .926 in 33 regular season games. He was 5-1 and led the 2006
Kelly Cup Playoffs with a goals-against average of 2.00 while tying for
fourth with a save percentage of .924.
MacIntyre is the seventh ECHL player to be named the Rbk Hockey/AHL
Player of the Week this season, joining Sean
Curry (Dec. 16), Jaroslav
Halak (Jan. 6) and Grant
Stevenson (Jan. 20), Danny
Taylor and Miika
Wiikman (Jan. 27) and Andrew
Gordon (Feb. 10).
The last three winners of the CCM/AHL Player of the Month award are
former ECHL right wing Grant
Stevenson, former Gwinnett Gladiator and ECHL All-Star left wing Pascal
Pelletier and former ECHL All-Star Martin
St. Pierre. Former Las Vegas and Wheeling goaltender John
Curry was the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for December and
former ECHL All-Star Jeff
Glass was the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for
For the 18th year in a row there is a former ECHL player on the American
Hockey League champion as Hamilton had a record 12 players with ECHL
experience on its roster.
In both 2005-06 and 2006-07, more than 225 players played in both the ECHL
and the AHL and there were over 800 call ups, involving over 500 players,
from the ECHL to the AHL. From 2002-03 to 2006-07, the ECHL had over 2,000
call ups, involving more than 1,000 players, which is more than the total
call ups for all other professional leagues combined during that time
The AHL Player of the Week award was won 14 times by a former ECHL player
in 2006-07 while a former ECHL goaltender was named the AHL Goaltender of
the Month the last five months of the season. Six former ECHL players were
on the All-AHL Teams in 2006-07 including former Charlotte goaltender Jason
LaBarbera, who was named Goaltender of the Year, and former Mississippi
Brookbank, who was selected as Defenseman of the Year, while former
ECHL goaltender Jaroslav
Halak was named to the AHL All-Rookie team.
The ECHL, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, is the Premier 'AA' Hockey League and the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a
coast-to-coast league with 25 teams playing 900 games in 17 states and
British Columbia in 2007-08.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08,
marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations
with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
There have been 350 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL
after playing in the ECHL, including 94 in the last three seasons.
There have been 205 former ECHL players who have played their first game in
the NHL in the past seven seasons.
There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former
Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina
Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach Bruce
Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National
Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave
Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters
John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.