Martin named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week


PRINCETON, N.J. – Joel Martin of the Kalamazoo Wings is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 21-27. It is the second time this season that Martin has won the weekly honor.


The 30-year-old went 2-0-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a save percentage of .946 in three appearances last week.


Martin opened the week with 36 saves in a 3-1 win at Toledo on Friday and followed that up with 25 saves in a 3-2 win at Cincinnati on Saturday. He ended the week with 45 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Bakersfield on Sunday.


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Martin has appeared in an ECHL-high 38 games this season, posting a record of 17-16-5 with one shutout, a 2.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .919. He is second in the league in save percentage and tied for second in wins while leading all goaltenders with 2,294 minutes played and 1,153 saves.


Martin has appeared in 127 career ECHL games with Columbus, Trenton, Elmira, Augusta and Kalamazoo and has an overall record of 60-52-11 with three shutouts, a 3.04 goals-against average and a save percentage of .903. He also has appeared in 22 career games in the American Hockey League with Cleveland, Norfolk, Syracuse and Bridgeport.


Runners Up: Jean-Francois Berube, Ontario (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .953 save pct.) and Taylor Nelson, San Francisco (2-1-0, 1.98 GAA, .940 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Paul Karpowich (Evansville), Ken Reiter (Fort Wayne), Louis Domingue (Gwinnett), Tyler Beskorowany (Idaho), Brandon Anderson (Reading), Ryan Zapolski (South Carolina) and Kent Simpson (Toledo).



Oct. 12-14 Marc CheverieElmira Jackals
Oct. 15-21Josh RobinsonIdaho Steelheads
Oct. 22-28Mike LeeGwinnett Gladiators
Oct. 29-Nov. 4Chris CarrozziOntario Reign
Nov. 5-11Mike LeeGwinnett Gladiators
Nov. 12-18 Philipp GrubauerReading Royals
Nov. 19-25Thomas HeemskerkSan Francisco Bulls
Nov. 26-Dec. 2Ryan ZapolskiSouth Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 3-9Cody ReichardStockton Thunder
Dec. 10-16Nathan LieuwenGreenville Road Warriors
Dec. 17-23Peter DelmasWheeling Nailers
Dec. 24-30Ryan ZapolskiSouth Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 31-Jan. 6Joel MartinKalamazoo Wings
Jan. 7-13Pat NagleFlorida Everblades
Jan. 14-20John CurryOrlando Solar Bears