By Lindsay Kramer
The Rochester Americans held their meet-and-greet with fans earlier this week. New Amerks goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu was one of the guest stars.
The Florida Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Americans of the AHL and the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.
That comes with the nature of his position. It also comes with an uncertainty of who this guy is.
“They are excited to see me play. There are a lot of new faces (on the team),” Beckford-Tseu said. “They hope there’s a turnaround from last year. A bunch of people were asking where I played. It was pretty good. Being in a new city, you are excited to see how everything is going to be.”
A lot of that depends upon how one of the biggest gambles of the AHL offseason turns out. After taking over from Buffalo as the sole parent club of the Amerks, the Panthers struck quickly by signing Beckford-Tseu to a two-year, two-way contract on the second day of free agency.
If Beckford-Tseu becomes the clear No. 1 with Rochester – and the Panthers are counting on that – it will be the first time in his five-year pro career that he’s earned that type of role. Oh yeah, he also needs to help revive a once-proud franchise that missed the playoffs last season.
“I guess I was a little surprised. I wasn’t one of the bigger-name goalies out there,” said Beckford-Tseu, 24. “I thought I was going to have to wait a little bit longer, but I was happy we got the deal done when we did.”