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Kalamazoo's Joel Martin named UHL Best Goaltender

May 3, 2006 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) News Release

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Wednesday that Joel Martin of the Kalamazoo Wings has been named the 2005-06 Southern Sports Supply UHL Best Goaltender as selected by league head coaches, general managers, and members of the media.

The 23-year-old native of Three Hills, Alberta led all UHL goaltenders with a 2.20 goals against average (GAA) and a .921 save percentage (SPCT). In 52 appearances during the regular season, he registered a 36-12-4 record. The 36 wins ranked second among league goaltenders and set a new Kalamazoo team record for wins in a season. He also earned nine shutouts in 2005-06, setting a new UHL season record.

Martin began the season with wins his first nine starts (9-0-0), including two shutouts. He was named Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week on three occasions and UHL Goaltender of the Month for December. He received a call-up to the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL) in October, playing in one game which he made 20 saves.

Last week, Martin was named to the UHL All-Rookie Team and the UHL All-Star First Team. In January, he was selected to the starting lineup at the 2006 UHL All-Star Classic.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF UHL BEST GOALTENDER

2004-05 Michel Robinson, Rockford

2003-04 Kevin St. Pierre, Fort Wayne

2002-03 Tom Lawson, Fort Wayne

2001-02 Sylvain Daigle, Muskegon

2000-01 Blair Allison, New Haven

1999-00 Brian Regan, Missouri

1998-99 Joe Dimaline, Muskegon

1997-98 Darryl Gilmour, Madison

1996-97 Sergei Zvyagin, Quad City

1995-96 Rich Parent, Muskegon

1994-95 Maxim Michailovsky, Detroit

1993-94 J.F. Labbe, Thunder Bay

1992-93 Jamie Stewart, Detroit

1991-92 Jamie Stewart, Detroit

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