Grubauer Named ECHL Goalie of MonthPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer of the Reading Royals – Washington’s ECHL farm affiliate – has been named Warrior Hockey Goaltender of the Month in the ECHL for the month of November.
In a dozen games for the Royals last month, Grubauer went 10-1-0-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a .913 save pct. He also celebrated his 21st birthday on Nov. 25. Grubauer established a Royals’ franchise record by winning 10 straight games last month.
Grubauer, who was Washington’s fourth-round choice (112th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. played his junior hockey for Belleville, Windsor and Kingston in the OHL. He turned pro with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays last season. The Stingrays were Washington’s ECHL affiliate at the time.
Grubauer posted a 23-13-4-1 record to go along with a 2.22 GAA and a .918 save pct. for the Stingrays in 2011-12. His efforts earned him a spot on the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team at season’s end.
This season, Grubauer ranks second in the ECHL in wins (10), fourth in GAA (2.25) and 12th in save pct. (.909).
Fifteen years ago – and just nine days after playing the final hockey game at USAir Arena – the Washington Capitals moved downtown and played the first-ever NHL game at their new arena in the heart of the District, MCI Center. Fifteen years and hundreds of games later, the name has changed (it’s Verizon Center now) and so has the area surrounding the arena. After spending a quarter of a century in their suburban Maryland birthplace, the late Abe Pollin decided it was time to move the Capitals and the Wizards downtown and into a state-of-the-art facility.