SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced on Monday that Manitoba goaltender Wade Flaherty has been named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week.
Selected in the ninth round (181st overall) by Buffalo in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Flaherty began his professional career in the ECHL in 1989-90 with the Greensboro Monarchs, going 12-9-1 with a goals against average of 4.40 and a save percentage of .890 in 27 regular season games. Flaherty was named MVP of the 1990 Riley Cup Playoffs after going 8-1 with a goals against average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .944 while leading the Monarchs to the ECHL championship.
In four games, Flaherty stopped 125 of 129 shots as the Moose continued to battle for position in the North Division race. Flaherty made 49 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to Milwaukee, who he led to the AHL Championship in 2004, on Tuesday and had 30 more saves in a 5-2 win in a rematch on Thursday. Manitoba returned home for two games against Houston and Flaherty made 25 saves in an 8-1 win on Saturday and 21 saves in a 2-0 win on Sunday. He ended the week with a 3-0-1 record, a 0.98 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage. Flaherty has a record of 17-8-3 with four shutouts in 31 appearances with the Moose.
Flaherty was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs after leading Milwaukee to the AHL championship. Flaherty was 16-5 with a goals against average of 1.93 and a save percentage of .933 in the postseason. In the regular season, Flaherty was 21-12-3 with a goals against average of 2.13 and a save percentage of .922 as Milwaukee finished with an AHL-leading 46-24-7-3 record.
Flaherty has played 120 games in the NHL with San Jose, the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Florida and Nashville.