HURRICANES RECALL ARTURS IRBE FROM JOHNSTOWN
Goaltender Has Played in ECHL All Season
|Goalie Arturs Irbe is back with the Hurricanes after a year in the minor leagues.|
Prior to Johnstown’s game Tuesday against the Peoria Rivermen, Irbe (5’ 8”, 190 lbs.) had posted a 9-3-1 record, 1.98 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in 13 games with the Chiefs. Irbe, 37, was placed on Johnstown’s injured reserve list on Dec. 4 with an injured wrist, and was activated by the Chiefs last week before scoring a 4-3 overtime win at Toledo on Feb. 13. Irbe’s .931 save percentage ranks fourth among ECHL netminders this season.
Irbe is the Carolina franchise’s all-time goaltending leader in games played (299), wins (125) and shutouts (20), and his 2.49 goals-against average with the Hurricanes ranks third among all franchise netminders. The Riga, Latvia, native split 2002-03 between Carolina and the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliate, Lowell of the American Hockey League. In 34 NHL games last season, Irbe recorded a 7-24-2 record, 3.18 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. While with Lowell, Irbe posted a 3-3-1 record and 2.95 goals-against average in seven games. In 2002, Irbe posted a 10-8 record and 2.11 goals-against average while playing in 18 of the Hurricanes’ 23 games en route to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Hurricanes continue their three-game home stand on Thursday at the RBC Center against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net; Hurricanes Radio Network). Individual game tickets for all remaining Hurricanes games are available at the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center, all TicketMaster locations, or by calling 919-834-4000. For more information, please skate to www.carolinahurricanes.com.