LOVELAND, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, announced today the signing of two amateur goaltenders, Adam Brown and Aaron Dell. Both will help form the stable of goaltenders at the Eagles’ upcoming training camp.
Brown is coming off a four-year, standout career with the Kelowna Rockets of Canada’s Western Hockey League. His time with the Rockets started off on a high note in 2008-09 when he was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team as a member of the eventual Memorial Cup championship squad. Following last season, he leaves Kelowna owning most of the club’s all-time records with a cumulative record of 107-69-12, a goals-against average of 2.78 and a save percentage of .906. The young netminder is so highly thought of that he’s already earned an invitation to the St. John’s IceCaps preseason camp. His father is Newell Brown, a longtime head and assistant coach at the NCAA, AHL and NHL levels.
Dell also brings his own impressive resume to Colorado, leaving the University of North Dakota to turn pro after just three seasons — only two as a starter. In 78 games with the Fighting Sioux, he compiled a record of 49-20-5, with a goals-against average of 2.15 and a save percentage of .912. His outstanding 2010-11 season set or nearly set several school records, as he led the nation in wins (30), goals-against average (1.79) and tied for first with six shutouts, while also being named to the All-Star team and earning the WCHA’s top goaltending honors. Dell was also named an All-Star in 2009 (AJHL) and earned the 2011-12 WCHA tournament MVP award.