Shannon Szabados dominates competition in SPHL, named Player of the Week

Jared Clinton
Shannon Szabados (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

A dream season for Shannon Szabados keeps getting better. With wins over Huntsville and Knoxville, Szabados was named the SPHL Player of the Week for the second time this season.

In her two victories, Szabados, who plays for the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths, posted a 1.00 goals-against average and monster .970 save percentage. In Tuesday game against Huntsville, Szabados stopped 34 of the 35 shots she faced and turned aside 16 of 17 attempts Friday against Knoxville. Read more

ECHL goaltender loses shutout streak but ties another record on incredible run

Jared Clinton
Jeff Jakaitis (via South Carolina Stingrays)

South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was chasing down the modern day professional shutout record heading into Saturday’s contest against the Cincinnati Cyclones, but he will have to settle for minor professional’s all-time mark.

The Cyclones’ Steven Hodges scored on Jakaitis, who came into Saturday’s contest with a streak of 319:32 of consecutive shutout hockey, little more than two minutes into Saturday’s game. His final shutout mark stands at 321:46 and breaks the minor professional record set earlier this season by AHL netminder Matt Murray.

Even though Jakaitis didn’t quite reach the pro record – 332:01 set by Brian Boucher when he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2003-04 – but he did earn himself another major ECHL mark: he’s now tied for the most consecutive wins by a goaltender at 13. His four shutouts in a row coming into Saturday night were also an ECHL record. Read more

16 seasons. 22 teams. Zero NHL games. But the passion never left Frank Littlejohn

Ken Campbell
Frank Littlejohn (Photo Courtesy Brampton Beast)

Frank Littlejohn was most recently a Beast. Truth is, he’s been many beastly incarnations since he began his pro hockey career 16 years ago. He’s been a Glaciercat, an IceHawk, a Falcon, a River Rat, a River Otter, a Mallard, a Jackal and an IceGator. And that doesn’t cover half the teams he’s played for over the course of his hockey travels. He’s ranked as high as General, a Baron and a Privateer, but he’s also been a Lumberjack. He’s been a Nailer and a Checker, literally and figuratively. He’s even covered off the winter weather conditions as a Chill, a Blizzard and a Frostbite.

This issue of The Hockey News is known as our Rookie Issue, which showcases the players you’ll be seeing starring in the best league in the world for years to come. But for every Aaron Ekblad and Filip Forsberg, there are guys like Frank Littlejohn, who at 37 waits for the phone to ring with a minor league coach or GM on the other end, wondering whether he might be able to suit up and continue chasing the dream. Read more

ECHL goaltender sets league record, approaches hockey history

Jared Clinton
Jeff Jakaitis (via South Carolina Stingrays)

Jeff Jakaitis of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays — the affiliate of the Washington Capitals — has already helped his team break the league record for consecutive victories, but he himself is on his way to accomplishing something much greater.

In Friday night’s game, Jakaitis stopped 35 shots en route to South Carolina’s 20th straight victory and his fourth consecutive shutout, both ECHL records. By turning aside every shot he faced, Jakaitis has now posted 319:32 consecutive minutes of shutout hockey, only 12:29 fewer than the modern day professional hockey record set by Brian Boucher in 2003-04. Read more

Is the next Logan Couture at the OHL Cup?

Ryan Kennedy
Quinte's Brady Gilmour (photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The OHL Cup has been dominated by teams from Toronto and its suburbs for years, but that doesn’t mean every player to watch hails from around the Big Smoke. This year’s edition of the minor midget showcase tournament includes a pretty solid Quinte Red Devils team, representing the area around Belleville and Cobourg, a couple hours east of Toronto.

And the leader of that Quinte squad is captain Brady Gilmour, who is also expected to go as high as top-five in the OHL draft this summer. Gilmour actually comes from Grafton, which is even smaller than Belleville and Cobourg.

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ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings honor St. Patrick’s Day – by playing on green ice

Adam Proteau
The Kalamazoo Wings' green ice (Image via Kalamazoo Wings' Youtube channel)

The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings hosted the Indy Fuel Tuesday night. And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day – and the continuation of what is has become a 34-year-tradition for the franchise – they turned the ice at Wings Stadium surface green.

The team has made a Green Ice Day a tradition since 1982 and it has proven to be one of its more popular games of the year. Here’s a time-lapse video of the makeover prior to Tuesday’s game: Read more

Minnesota’s annual All-Hockey Hair Team soars again

Ryan Kennedy
East Grand Forks goalie Garrett Lieberg

The Minnesota state high school tournament is a bucket list event for any hardcore hockey fan, with sold-out crowds packing the home of the NHL’s Wild each year. And while the hockey itself can be heart-racing, some of the hairstyles are just as harrowing.

For years now, Pulltab Productions has put together an All-Hockey Hair Team and this season’s edition lives up to the hype. I was actually eagerly anticipating this.

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