Foster, 26, makes Stockton his second ECHL team after spending parts of the last three seasons with the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he went 46-24-7 with a 2.62 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 80 career games. He was the club’s “Goaltender of the Year” and “Rookie of the Year” for the 2010-11 season and made his NHL debut in 2011-12 with the Florida Panthers.
A fifth-round selection (161st overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Foster comes off a year where he appeared in 32 games for Cincinnati, going 19-7-4 with a .907 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average. He also spent seven games in the American Hockey League with the San Antonio Rampage with a .910 save percentage, 2.92 goals against average and 1-3-0 record.
Last season on Feb. 15 vs. Trenton, Foster also became the 11th goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal. He was the last Cyclone to touch the puck prior to it going into an empty net on a delayed penalty.
During the 2011-12 season, when he spent time in three different leagues, he made his NHL debut with the Panthers on Feb. 4 against Tampa Bay. That season, Foster also was 4-6-0 in 12 games with San Antonio and earned a career high three shutouts in 29 games with Cincinnati.
A native of Pembroke, N.H., Foster completed a decorated college career with the University of New Hampshire, collecting NCAA All-American (East, Second Team) and Hockey East first team All-Star honors in 2009-10. He helped guide the Wildcats that season to the Hockey East regular season title with a 17-14-7 record and 2.98 goals against average in 38 games. He was 40-29-13 with five shutouts, a 2.82 goals against average and .910 save percentage in 86 career games with New Hampshire.