Vanecek named CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month

South Carolina Stingrays’ goaltender Vitek Vanecek is the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for November.

The 19-year-old was 4-2-1 with one shutout, a 1.26 goals-against average and a save percentage of .946 in seven appearances during the month.

A second-round selection (39th overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Vanecek recorded his first pro shutout on Nov. 3, making 21 saves in a 2-0 win over Florida. He allowed two goals or less in six of seven appearances in November and made at least 22 saves four different times.

A native of the Czech Republic, Vanecek has appeared in 12 games with the Stingrays this season posting a record of 5-5-2. He ranks eighth overall in the league, and third among rookies, with a 2.00 goals-against average and is tied for 13th with a .919 save percentage.

Prior to turning pro, Vanecek enjoyed extensive international experience representing the Czech Republic. In 2013-14, he posted two shutouts, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 38 games with Billi Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republic’s under-20 league and also represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage to help lead the Czech Republic to a silver medal.

Runners Up: Cason Hohmann, Elmira (11 gp, 6g, 6a, 12 pts.), Matt Willows, Florida (13 gp, 6g, 9a, 15 pts.) and Matt Leitner, Manchester (15 gp, 3g, 12a, 15 pts.).

Also Nominated: Spencer Martin (Fort Wayne), Kodie Curran (Greenville), Zack Kamrass (Idaho), Ben Marshall (Indy), Carter Verhaeghe (Missouri), T.J. Foster (Orlando), Steve Michalek (Quad City), Justin Crandall (Reading), Austin Wuthrich (Toledo), Matt Berry (Utah) and Brett Stern (Wheeling).



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