PRINCETON, N.J. – Colorado goaltender David Aebischer, who began his professional career in 1997-98 in the ECHL, was runner up to Calgary goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff for National Hockey League Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 15.
Kiprusoff was 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals against average and a .940 save percentage while Aebischer was 2-0-0 with a shutout and a 1.00 goals against average.
Selected in the sixth round (161st overall) by Colorado in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Aebischer was 10-10-3 with a shutout, a 3.29 goals against average and a .885 save percentage in 27 regular season games in the ECHL in 1997-98. He was 5-7-2 with a 3.35 goals against average and a .897 save percentage in 17 regular season games with Chesapeake and 5-3-1 with a 3.76 goals against average and a .858 save percentage in 10 regular season games with Wheeling. He also appeared in two games with Hershey of the American Hockey League in 1997-98 going 0-0-1 with a 3.76 goals against average and a .853 save percentage.
Aebischer and Nolan Pratt, who played for Richmond in the ECHL in 1995-96, became the third and fourth ECHL alumni to hoist the Stanley Cup as members of the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Corey Schwab (New Jersey, 2003), Manny Legace (Detroit, 2002), Krzysztof Oliwa (New Jersey, 2000), and Kevin Dean (New Jersey, 1995) are all ECHL alumni that have hoisted the Stanley Cup.
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