Islanders Sign, Call Cloutier Up To NHL

NEW YORK – The New York Islanders announced that they have signed Pensacola goaltender Frederic Cloutier.

Cloutier joined the Islanders Thursday for their flight to Carolina where he will back up Wade Dubielewicz in Friday’s game against the Hurricanes.

The 24-year-old made 30 saves in Bridgeport’s 1-0 win against Philadelphia on Wednesday to improve to 1-1-0 with a goals against of 2.15 in three games with the Sound Tigers.

Cloutier is 5-6-2 with a goals against of 3.75 and a save percentage of .910 in 12 games with the Ice Pilots.

In 2004-05, the 24-year-old Cloutier helped Pensacola win the Brabham Cup and set several team records while being named Second Team All-ECHL and finishing second in voting for ECHL Goaltender of the Year. He was 32-12-3 with five shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.37 and a save percentage of .928.

As a rookie in 2001-02, Cloutier was named ECHL Rookie of the Year and ECHL Goaltender of the Year and became the first goaltender to be named ECHL Most Valuable Player. He was also named First Team All-ECHL and to the ECHL All-Rookie team in 2001-02 after setting league records for goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.945). He was named as a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game in 2002 and 2004 and was selected by The Hockey News as the top goaltender in the ECHL in the publication’s March 15 issue that focuses on goaltenders.