HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed South Carolina goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck.
In 2004-05 with Portland of the AHL, Daubenspeck was 14-12-1 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.31 and a save percentage of .930 in 28 games.
In 2004-05 with South Carolina, Daubenspeck was 12-10-3 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .934 in 25 games. In 2003-04, Daubenspeck appeared in 47 games with South Carolina, going 29-15-4 with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage, and also played in one game with Worcester of the AHL.
Daubenspeck began his professional career in 1997-98 with Jacksonville of the ECHL where he was 20-9-2 with a goals-against average of 2.96 and a save percentage of .904 as well as playing in 18 games for Indianapolis of the International Hockey League.
Daubenspeck has spent parts of seven of his eight professional seasons in the ECHL with Jacksonville, Chesapeake, and South Carolina. In 2000-01, Daubenspeck helped South Carolina win its second Kelly Cup Championship, finishing 9-3 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and in 2002-03 he made 1,802 saves in the regular season, the fourth-highest total in ECHL history.
Selected in the seventh round (151st overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Daubenspeck played college hockey in his hometown of Madison at the University of Wisconsin. He was a Western Collegiate Hockey Association Second Team All-Star and a Second Team All-America selection in 1997.