PRINCETON, N.J. – Yutaka Fukufuji of the Reading Royals is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Mar. 20-26.
The 23-year-old was 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .976 in two starts at home while helping the Royals go 4-0-0 to move into first place in the North Division with 89 points and a record of 41-19-7.
The 6-foot-1 and 190-pound Fukufuji stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 victory over Wheeling and made a season-high 50 saves in a 3-1 win against Trenton on Mar. 25.
Selected in the eighth round (238th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Kings, Fukufuji is 15-8-4 with a goals-against average of 2.82 and a team-leading .921 save percentage in 27 appearances. He has also played two games with Manchester in the American Hockey League where he is 1-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .923.