Effinger, 26, appeared in 51 games with Missouri of the Central Hockey League last season posting 32 wins; tying Fort Wayne’s Nick Boucher for most goaltender wins. Effinger registered a career-best 32-15-4 record to become the winningest goaltender in Missouri’s history. The Belleville, Ill. native finished the regular season campaign with a 2.70 goals-against average and ranked second with a .923 save percentage. Effinger finished the playoffs with a 7-4 record, 2.50 goals-against average and led CHL goaltenders with a .932 save percentage appearing in all 11 post-season games with the Mavericks.
Prior to making his pro debut in 2008 in ECHL stints with Gwinnett and Trenton, Effinger completed four years with Miami University of Ohio in the CCHA where the netminder was named 2005-06 CCHA Goaltender of the Year. 2012-13 will be Effinger’s fifth year as a pro.