Bartus enters his sixth season in the pro ranks with 149 career games played in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League. In the last two seasons, he has combined for 60 games and 38 wins with the Fort Wayne Komets.
Bartus, 28, worked in tandem for the Komets for the last two years and recorded his 50th career ECHL win on March 24 against Wichita. Across five seasons, he has played 93 games across five teams and earned a 2.96 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. Bartus also appeared in a Greenville uniform during the 2013 postseason and on Jan. 4, 2015. Beyond the ECHL, the St. Charles, Illinois native has spent stints in the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose and Rochester Americans. Bartus played under Swamp Rabbits Head Coach Kevin Kerr with the Macon Mayhem during the franchise’s inaugural season of 2015-16 and collected the SPHL’s top honors. He was named the league’s MVP, Goaltender of the Year, First All-Star Team, and the best save percentage (.929) of any netminder.
Bartus turned pro in 2013 after playing four seasons at the University of Connecticut. He appeared in 111 games and earned 40 wins with the Huskies. As a junior, Bartus started all 39 games, led the nation with 1,179 saves and broke school records for career saves, shutouts in a season (5) and wins (35).