Zatkoff named The MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month

Former ECHL and current Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is The MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for November.   


The leading distributor of game- worn hockey jerseys and “Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL,” MeiGray has sold more than 6,800 jerseys since it became “The Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL” in 2002-03.


The 26-year-old appeared in four games for Pittsburgh during the month posting a 4-0-0 record with one shutout, a 1.60 goals-against average and a save percentage of .944. He earned his first NHL win and shutout on Nov. 2, stopping all 19 shots in a 3-0 win at Columbus. Zatkoff made 32 saves in a victory over the New York Islanders on Nov. 22 and then stopped 11 of 13 shots he faced in relief in a 6-5 shootout win against Toronto on Nov. 27. He ended the month with a career-high 39 saves in a 5-1 win at Florida on Nov. 30.


A native of Detroit, Mich., Zatkoff made his pro debut in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign in 2008-09, posting a 17-15-3 record in 37 appearances with one shutout, a 2.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .915.


Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (74th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Zatkoff has appeared in six games with the Penguins this season, going 4-2-0 with one shutout, a 2.80 goals-against average and a save percentage of .901. He has seen action in 163 career American Hockey League games with Manchester and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, winning at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons and earning a spot in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic.


There have been 523 players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 11 who have made their debut in 2013-14. The ECHL has had 331 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years. There have been 267 ECHL players who have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 29 per year.




OctoberJaroslav Halak