PHOENIX – The Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former ECHL goaltender David Aebischer.
The Phoenix RoadRunners are the ECHL affiliate of the Coyotes of the NHL and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
Selected in the sixth round (161st overall) by Colorado in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, the 29 year old began his career in 1997-98 in the ECHL and was 10-10-3 with one shutout, a goals against average of 3.35 and a save percentage of .897 in 17 regular season games with Chesapeake and 5-3-1 with a goals against average of 3.76 and a save percentage of .858 in 10 regular season games with Wheeling.
In 2000-01, he and former Richmond defenseman Nolan Pratt became the third and fourth ECHL Players to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Colorado Avalanche won the championship. The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound Aebischer is 106-73-12 with 13 shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.51 and a save percentage of .912 in 213 career regular season games in the NHL with Colorado and Montreal. Aebischer was one of five former ECHL goaltenders to win the NHL Defensive Player of the Week award in 2005-06 and joined Manny Legace, who played in the ECHL with Richmond and in the NHL with Detroit, as the only two-time winners.
He represented Switzerland at the Winter Olympic Games in 2002 and 2006 while also competing in the World Championships in 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2007.