Victoria, BC – The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announced today that they have signed goaltender Daren Machesney for the 2010-11 season.
The Hamilton, ON native joins the Salmon Kings after playing in 21 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Moose during the 2009-10 season. During his time in Manitoba he posted a 5-14-0 record, alongside a 0.894 save percentage and 3.34 goals against average. Machesney also dressed for one game for the Moose in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, recording 12 of 15 saves in 27 minutes of play in a no decision.
The 23-year-old goaltender was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals (fifth round, 143rd overall) in the 2005 NHL entry draft and signed to a three-year entry level contract. Machesney then spent three seasons (2006-07 through 2008-09) with the Capitals’ AHL affiliated in Hershey. His best season as a Bear came in 2007-08 where he recorded a 22-10-2 mark with a 2.55 goals against average, a 0.916 save percentage and one shutout. In 84 career games with the Bears, Machesney garnered a 44-25-4 record, to go along with a 0.897 save percentage, a 2.91 goals against average and four shutouts. Machesney was part of the 2008-09 Hershey squad that captured the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship.
Machesney also spent time during the 2006-07 season in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays. In 15 games started he accumulated a record of 5-8-2, a goals against average of 3.30, a save percentage of 0.888 and one shutout. During the 2006-07 campaign, Machesney was called up from the Stingrays to the Washington Capitals to backup on three occasions but did not see playing time.