Coyotes Sign Former ECHL Goaltender Auld
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed goaltender Alex Auld, who began his professional career in the ECHL.
In his rookie season in 2001-02, the 26 year old was 3-1-2 with a goals-against average of 1.92 and a save percentage of .927 in six games with Columbia before being called up to Manitoba of the AHL where he was 11-9-0 with a goals-against average of 3.53 and a save percentage of .881 in 21 games.
Selected in the second round (40th overall) by Florida in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-0 and 200-pound Auld was 7-13-5 record with a goals-against average of 3.34 and a save percentage of .888 in 27 games with the Florida Panthers in 2006-07. He was acquired with Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan Allen by Florida from Vancouver in exchange for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on June 23, 2006.
Auld is 46-44-13 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .902 in 108 games over five NHL seasons with Vancouver and Florida. He was 33-26-6 with a goals-against average of 2.94 and a save percentage of .902 in 67 games with Vancouver in 2005-06 and was named the Canucks’ Most Valuable Player.
He represented Team Canada in the 2006 World Hockey Championships in Latvia and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championships.