This season, there’s a few netminders across the pond who could garner some attention from hockey fans.
Leland Irving has had a couple of stints overseas now in the KHL and Liiga, but after a short season in the AHL last year the Alberta product has taken his talents to Italy. The 30-year-old goalie is suiting up with Bolzano in the EBEL and is off to a hot start, posting a .960SV% in regular season play and a .951SV% in three Champions Hockey League games.
Olivier Roy is back in Germany for another season. Last season, the former Edmonton Oilers draft pick had a strong finish with the Augsburger Panther in the DEL, earning himself another contract. Roy’s path over to Europe is one of the most rare cases as he got his start in Slovenia, a country with under 15 hockey arenas total.
Now to the Sasky boys, long-time KHL vet and Atlanta Thrasher Michael Garnett has returned to the UK. The product of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is between the pipes with the Nottingham Panthers for his second season and he’s off to a hot start, posting a .927SV%.
A new name to add to the list and another Sasky boy is Joel Rumpel. After grinding it out in the coast and American league for four years, the UW grad is off to the EIHL. A product of Swift Current, Saskatchewan and former Midget AAA Legionnaire, Rumpel will be backstopping the Glasgow Clan this season.