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Khudobin named The MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month

 

Former ECHL and current Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin is The MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for January.        

 

The leading distributor of game- worn hockey jerseys and “Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL,” MeiGray has sold more than 6,800 jerseys since it became “The Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL” in 2002-03.

 

The 27-year-old appeared in each of Carolina's 14 games in January, posting a 10-4-0 record, a 2.19 goals-against average and a save percentage of .927 on his way to being named the NHL’s First Star of the Month. Khudobin won his first four starts during the month, including back-to-back 38 save games in a 4-3 overtime win at Washington on Jan. 2 and in a 3-2 victory at the New York Islanders on Jan. 4. He allowed two goals or less in eight of his 13 starts in January.

 

A seventh-round selection (206th overall) by the Minnesota Wild in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Khudobin has appeared in 38 career NHL games with Carolina, Boston and Minnesota, posting an overall record of 26-9-1 with two shutouts, a 2.09 goals-against average and a save percentage of .930.

 

Khudobin was named ECHL Goaltender of the Year in 2007-08 with Texas after going 20-1-4 with three shutouts, a 1.98 goals-against average and a save percentage of .934. The following season, he appeared in 33 games with Florida posting a record of 18-10-1 with four shutouts, a 2.71 goals-against average and a save percentage of .907.

 

He has also seen action in 158 career American Hockey League games with Charlotte, Providence and Houston going 69-63-11 with nine shutouts, a 2.53 goals-against average and a save percentage of .913.

 

There have been 527 players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 15 who have made their debut in 2013-14. The ECHL has had 335 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years. There have been 271 ECHL players who have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 30 per year.

 

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