Goaltender Riopel signs with Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and AHL’s Springfield Falcons, announced the signing of goaltender Nic Riopel for the 2015-16 season.

Riopel spent last season with the Rouen Dragons of the French League. The 26-year-old posted a 19-7 record along with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage in the regular season. Additionally, he stood out for the Dragons in the postseason, helping the club secure a French Cup Championship with a 1-1-1 record, a 2.11 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.

Originally from Otterburn Park, Quebec, Riopel enters his sixth season of professional hockey, and his third in the ECHL. In his first ECHL season with the Greenville Road Warriors in 2010-11, he went 24-12-2 in 38 games. He returned to the Road Warriors in 2011-12, going 14-9-2 in 25 appearances. Riopel also has appeared in 21 career AHL games with Adirondack Phantoms.

Prior to turning pro, Riopel played four seasons in the with the Moncton Wildcats, where he not only won the 2010 championship but also backstopped a record-setting campaign in the 2008-09 season as he posted a 2.01 goals-against average, the lowest in league history. In that same season, Riopel pieced together a 43-11-4 record with a .930 save percentage and was awarded both the Jacques Plante Trophy for lowest goals-against average in the league and the Michel Briere Trophy as the QMJHL MVP. Riopel was a fifth-round selection (142nd overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.