WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the National Hockey League announced that they have agreed to terms with 2007 ECHL Goaltender of the Year Adam Berkhoel.
The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. The head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is former ECHL player Dan Bylsma and the assistant coach is former ECHL player Todd Reirden.
ECHL coaches named the 27 year old Rbk Hockey Goaltender of the Year for 2006-07 after he was 23-17-3 with five shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .910 while helping Dayton finish first in the North Division and return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Berkhoel tied for the Kelly Cup Playoffs lead with three shutouts and was 12-10 with a goals-against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of .914 as the Bombers won the American Conference and advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals.
He was the starting goaltender for the American Conference in the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game and was named and Most Valuable Player after stopping 10 of 11 shots in the first period of a 6-3 win.
Berkhoel played in the ECHL as a rookie in 2004-05 and was 9-10-5 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.43 and a save percentage of .913 in 24 regular season games and 4-1 with a goals-against average of 1.53 and a save percentage of .938 in seven Kelly Cup Playoff games with Gwinnett.
In 2005-06 he played in the ECHL with Gwinnett, in the AHL with Chicago and in the National Hockey League where he was 2-4-1 with a goals-against average of 3.80 and a save percentage of .880 in nine games with the Atlanta Thrashers. He was 10-4-1 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.73 and a save percentage of .909 in 15 regular season games with Gwinnett and 6-3 in nine Kelly Cup Playoff games to help the Gladiators win the American Conference and reach the Kelly Cup Finals.
He played in the AHL in 2007-08 where he was 10-14-4 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.93 and a save percentage of .888 in 31 games with Grand Rapids.