Players Vote For Recipients of PHPA – Meridian Game Saving Goalie Award

Author: Darryl Dionne, PHPA Director of Communications and Business Development
Date: Jun 23, 2017

(Niagara Falls, ON) The Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-17 PHPA – Meridian Game Saving Goalie Award as voted by the player Membership of the PHPA.

The PHPA – Meridian Game Saving Goalie Award is presented to one goaltender from the American Hockey League Eastern and Western Conferences and ECHL Eastern and Western Conferences, who is known to consistently make the big save at the biggest moment in the game.  He can steal a win for his team, frustrate opponents, and is regarded as the hardest goaltender to play against.

 

ECHL Eastern Conference: J.P. Anderson, Adirondack Thunder

J.P. Anderson completed his fourth season of professional hockey as one of the most consistent goaltenders in the ECHL. Anderson played in 30 ECHL games this season, putting together a 19-4-4 record, with a 2.47 GAA and a .918 save percentage to help lead Adirondack to a first place finish in the North Division.

“Any time you get respect from the others in the league is an honour,” said Anderson.  “There is so much good goaltending in this league it’s often hard to stand out, so winning an award like this that my peers voted for is definitely special.  I can’t take complete credit for this award because I had such a good group in front of me, they made my job a lot easier.”

 

ECHL Western Conference: Riley Gill, Allen Americans

The Northfield, Minnesota native was outstanding for the Allen Americans this year, posting a 32-7-2 record with 7 shutouts, helping his team to a first place finish in the Mountain division.  On top of his stellar record, Gill posted a 2.22 goals against average, .935 save percentage, and finished either first or second in almost every goaltending category. The 2016-17 campaign marked Gill’s 7th full season of professional hockey.

“Making the big saves at big moments is obviously what I try to do as a goalie, and I am honored that other players recognized this,” said Gill.  “We had a high offensive, run and gun style team.  Sometimes that style leads to breakdowns on defense and it was my job to make that key save or two on a nightly basis to keep us in it.”

 

AHL Eastern Conference: Zane McIntyre, Providence Bruins

Zane McIntyre was one of only a handful of players who played in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL this season.  In addition to appearing in 8 games with the Boston Bruins, McIntyre played 31 games with Providence, posting a 21-6-1 record while boasting a 2.03 GAA and a .930 save percentage.  Before his professional career began, the Grand Forks, North Dakota native played 3 seasons at the University of North Dakota before joining the Providence Bruins.

 

AHL Western Conference: Troy Grosenick, San Jose Barracuda

In his fourth season of professional hockey, Troy Grosenick from Brookfield, Wisconsin had the best season of his career with the San Jose Barrcuda. The undrafted free agent out of Union College was in the AHL’s top 3 in wins (30), goals against average (2.04), and save percentage (.926).  Grosenick was instrumental in the Barracuda finishing atop the AHL’s Pacific Division standings.  He was also named the recipient of the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s Goaltender of the Year.

“Obviously it’s a big honour, but at the end of the day I’m just out there trying to win hockey games for my team,” said Grosenick, “It’s humbling of course being recognized by your peers.  There are a lot of good goalies in this league.  I had a good year but I also had a great team in front of me.”

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