TAMPA BAY – The Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have re-signed ECHL record-setting goaltender Brian Eklund. The Johnstown Chiefs are the ECHL affiliate of the Lightning and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Eklund was 38-17-7 with a goals against average of 3.01 and a save percentage of .921 in 62 games with Pensacola in 2003-04 and following the ECHL season he served as the Lightning’s third goaltender during their 2004 Stanley Cup run, participating in all practices with the team during the playoffs.
The 6-5 and 205-pound native of Braintree, Massachusetts set league records in minute (3,724) and saves (2,194) while tying the league record for wins (38). Eklund, who appeared in 43 games with Springfield in 2004-05, made an ECHL postseason record 83 saves in a 2-1 double overtime loss at Louisiana on April 14, and he became the seventh goaltender in ECHL history to record a goal on December 5 at Mississippi.
Selected in the seventh round (226th overall) by Tampa Bay in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Eklund began his professional career in 2002-03 going 10-6-0 with a goals against average of 3.66 goals and a .896 save percentage in 19 games for Pensacola. He also appeared in one game with Springfield of the American Hockey League going 1-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .974 save percentage.