Toledo’s Richards named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week

PRINCETON, N.J. – Alec Richards of the Toledo Walleye is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Feb. 6-12.


The 24-year-old was 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.93 and a save percentage of .941 last week as the Walleye moved to within four points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a season-high four-game winning streak.


Richards, who was reassigned to the Walleye from Rockford of the American Hockey League last Monday, made 40 saves in his first start with the Walleye this season on Wednesday in a 2-1 win at Cincinnati. He followed that up with 42 saves, and a four-for-four showing in the shootout, in a 3-2 win at Wheeling on Friday. Richards then turned aside 22 shots in a 4-3 win against Cincinnati on Saturday before ending the week with 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Cyclones on Sunday.


A native of Robbinsdale, Minn., Richards has appeared in 38 career games with Toledo going 21-12-5 with one shutout, a 3.19 goals-against average and a save percentage of .902. He has appeared in 22 games this season with Rockford, where he is 7-11-12.


In 72 career appearances with Rockford, Richards is 27-34-3 with two shutouts a 3.10 goals-against average and a save percentage of .897.      


Runners Up: Matt Keetley, Bakersfield (3-0-0, 1.26 GAA, .961 save pct.) and Kyle Jones, Colorado (2-0-0, 1.64 GAA, .956 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Peter Mannino (Chicago), Joe Palmer (Gwinnett), Jerry Kuhn (Idaho), Riley Gill (Kalamazoo), Joe Fallon (Las Vegas), Jean-Francois Berube (Ontario) and Philipp Grubauer (South Carolina).



Oct. 14-16 Gerald ColemanAlaska Aces
Oct. 17-23Gerald ColemanAlaska Aces
Oct. 24-30Andrew EngelageUtah Grizzlies
Oct. 31-Nov. 6Philipp GrubauerSouth Carolina Stingrays
Nov. 7-13Nic RiopelGreenville Road Warriors
Nov. 14-20Olivier RoyStockton Thunder
Nov. 21-27Darcy KuemperOntario Reign
Nov. 28-Dec. 4Brian StewartElmira Jackals
Dec. 5-11Jason MissiaenGreenville Road Warriors
Dec. 12-18Jeff JakaitisGwinnett Gladiators
Dec. 19-25Jerry KuhnIdaho Steelheads
Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Jeff JakaitisGwinnett Gladiators
Jan. 2-8Olivier RoyStockton Thunder
Jan. 9-15Adam CourchaineAlaska Aces
Jan. 16-23Daren MachesneySouth Carolina Stingrays
Jan. 24-30Joe FallonLas Vegas Wranglers
Jan. 31-Feb. 5Peter DelmasWheeling Nailers