Worcester, Mass. – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club, ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, announced that the club has signed goaltender Joe Fallon to an ECHL contract for the 2017-18 season. Fallon is the first player to sign an ECHL contract for the Worcester Railers HC.
The 32-year-old was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. Fallon served as the backup goaltender for the Blackhawks on Feb. 3, 2010.
Entering his 10th professional season, Fallon has played in the ECHL for Fresno, Gwinnett and Las Vegas. He led the Las Vegas Wranglers to the Kelly Cup Finals after posting a 30-win season in 2011-12, and was named to the All-ECHL Second Team that season. He has also suited up in the AHL with Rockford, Peoria, San Antonio, Bridgeport, and Houston, which included a 15-win season with the Rockford Ice Hogs in 2009-10.
The native of Bemidji, Minn. went 20-24-6 with a 3.37 goals against average and an .896 save percentage in 51 games with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) last season.
Prior to turning pro in 2008, Fallon spent four years with University of Vermont (2004-08) where he recorded 63 wins through four seasons.