11 Of 21 Nominees Are Former ECHL Players
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Milwaukee goaltender Brian Finley, who began his professional career with Toledo in the ECHL, was named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week by the American Hockey League on Monday after going 3-0-0 with two shutouts while stopping 96 of 97 shots.
The 24-year-old Finley posted back-to-back wins at San Antonio making 29 saves in a 3-1 win on Wednesday and 28 saves in a 4-0 win on Saturday. He recorded his second straight shutout with 39 saves on Sunday at Houston to finish the week with a goals-against average of 0.33 and a save percentage of .990. Finley, who missed a month earlier this season with an ankle injury, is 4-0-0 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.54 and a save percentage of .950 in six games for the Admirals.
Selected in the first round (6th overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-3 and 200-pound Finley is one of only seven goaltenders in ECHL history to be selected sixth-or-higher in the NHL Entry Draft and is the second-highest draft choice to play in the ECHL. In 2002-03, Finley was 4-2-0 with a goals against average of 2.36 and a save percentage of .918 in seven regular season games with Toledo while also appearing in one playoff game for the Storm.
Other nominees for the award included Hartford goaltender Robert Gherson, who began the season with Columbia of the ECHL; Hershey center Dave Steckel, who played for Reading in 2004-05; Iowa goaltender Mike Smith, who was an ECHL All-Star in 2002-03; Lowell center Keith Aucoin, who played for Florida in 2001-02; Manitoba forward Jessie Schultz, who played for Columbia in 2003-04; Norfolk goaltender Adam Munro, who played for Gwinnett in 2003-04 and Atlantic City in 2004-05; Peoria forward Mike Glumac, who was an ECHL All-Star in 2002-03; Philadelphia center Brent Kelly, who played for Johnstown in 2003-04 and 2004-05; Providence center Ben Guite, who played for Tallahassee in 2000-01; and Syracuse center Geoff Platt, who played for Atlantic City in 2004-05.