PRINCETON, N.J. – Former South Carolina Stingrays and current Boston Bruins goaltender Steve Shields is the DirecTV/NHL Center Ice East Coast Hockey League Alumnus of the Month for November.
The DirecTV/NHL Center Ice ECHL Alumnus of the Month is awarded to a former ECHL player currently playing in the NHL. There have been 199 former ECHL players that have gone on to play in the NHL, including 50 in 2002-03.
In the month of November, Shields was 5-1-0 with a 1.84 goals against average and a .937 save percentage in six starts for the Bruins. He played in his 200th NHL game on November 23, making 23 saves in a 4-1 win against Buffalo. In 12 games with Boston, he is 8-2-2 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
Beginning with Buffalo in 1995-96, Shields has played eight seasons in the NHL and earned his first NHL win on December 23, 1995 against San Jose. He has a career record of 72-85-31 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
Selected by Buffalo in the fifth round (101st) overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Shields began his professional career in 1994-95 with South Carolina in the ECHL and Rochester in the American Hockey League. He was 11-5-2 and ranked second in the ECHL with a 2.69 goals against average and ranked fifth with a .912 save percentage in 21 regular season games with South Carolina. He was 0-2-0 with a 4.58 goals against average and an .874 save percentage in three postseason games for the Stingrays.
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