Vanecek Named Goaltender of the WeekMar 15, 2016
The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 23 seasons in the Lowcountry and proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), announced today that goaltender Vitek Vanecek has been named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for March 7-13.
This is the second time this season that Vanecek, 20, has earned league honors. He previously was named the ECHL Rookie of the Month in November. Vanecek earned a pair of victories for South Carolina last week, allowing just one goal in his two appearances. He earned a 28 save shutout in a 4-0 win at Greenville last Thursday, and followed up the performance by stopping 26 shots in a 3-1 win over Atlanta on Saturday night. Vanecek went 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .982 save percentage last week.
The Czech Republic native was a second round selection (39th overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In his first professional season in North America, Vanecek has been a large part of the Stingrays success, posting a 14-7-3-1 record with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage to go along with a pair of shutouts. His goals-against average is tops among rookie goaltenders and he ranks fourth in the league overall.
Earlier this season, Vanecek represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
Vanecek and the Stingrays conclude a five-game homestand with a pair of games versus the Florida Everblades this weekend. The battle for first place is at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Friday is Comic-Con Night, and Saturday is Social Media Night. The Stingrays are also home Sunday at 3:05 p.m. versus Greenville for Undie Sunday! Fans are encouraged to bring a packaged pair of undergarments to throw on the ice after the Stingrays first goal for those in need. Fans are encouraged to call 843-744-2248 or visit StingraysHockey.com for ticket info.
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