In front of a sellout crowd of 4,011 at Cambria County War Memorial, two-time National Hockey League All-Star Arturs Irbe made 26 saves and picked up the win in his ECHL debut with the Johnstown Chiefs, 4-1 over Long Beach on Saturday.
“I’m awfully proud of this bunch of guys. They showed a lot of poise and a lot of heart and played really well for me. They made it an easy night for a rookie in this league,” Irbe told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. “The league is more offensive than the American Hockey League or the NHL, but our boys definitely did their part defensively and made it so much easier for me.”
Assigned to Johnstown by Carolina of the NHL, Irbe appeared in the 1994 and 1999 NHL All-Star Games and helped lead the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals.