PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Columbia Inferno and current Manitoba Moose goaltender Alex Auld is the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for January.
Auld played in 13 games for the Moose in January, posting a 9-1-2 record with a goals-against average of 1.75 and a save percentage of .934, helping Manitoba move into second place in the American Hockey League’s North Division. In 29 games this season, Auld is 18-6-3 for Manitoba, and was selected to represent Canada in the Spengler Cup Tournament in Davos, Switzerland, where he appeared in four games.
In his first professional season in 2001-02 with Columbia of the ECHL, the 6-0 and 200-pound Auld went 3-1-2 for the Inferno in six regular season games, posting a goals-against average of 1.92 and a save percentage of .927. Auld also appeared in 21 games with Manitoba of the AHL that season, posting an 11-9-0 record, a 3.53 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage. On January 23, 2002, Auld made his National Hockey League debut for the Vancouver Canucks, stopping 21-of-23 shots in a 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars.
Selected in the second round (40th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Auld attended the Panthers training camp twice before his rights were traded to Vancouver in 2001. The 24-year-old Auld appeared in 37 games with Manitoba in 2002-03, recording a 15-19-3 record while recording three shutouts. Auld also set the Manitoba record for longest scoreless streak by a goaltender when he did not allow a goal in 158:28 from December 21, 2002-January 5, 2003. In seven games with Vancouver, Auld was 3-3-0 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.