Stockton signs rookie goaltender

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and head coach Matt Thomas announced today the team has signed rookie goaltender Cody Reichard.


Reichard, 25, returns to the Thunder after a stint on the club’s roster during the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs when he was signed under emergency conditions.


The 5-foot-11 and 165 pound goaltender backed up Olivier Roy during the first five games of the playoffs and previously closed out a decorated four year collegiate career at Miami University. He went 53-24-9 in 92 career games for the RedHawks with a 2.10 goals against average, .912 save percentage and tied the program record with 12 career shutouts.


Reichard was 9-7-2 with a 2.47 goals against average, .900 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 games as a senior in 2011-12.


As a sophomore in 2009-10, the Celina, Ohio native was named CCHA Player of the Year and a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, an honor given annually to the top player in college hockey. He broke current Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller’s CCHA record with a 1.23 goals against average and led the nation with a 1.87 GAA for the entire season.


Reichard was 19-4-3 with a .921 save percentage and five shutouts that season. He helped guide the RedHawks to a berth in the NCAA title game as a freshman in 2008-09.