PRINCETON, N.J. – Kent Simpson of the Adirondack Thunder is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 11-17. It is the second time in his career that he has received the weekly honor.
The 23-year-old posted shutouts in both of his appearances last week, helping the Thunder set an ECHL record with a 251:51 shutout streak and tying a league record with three consecutive shutouts. Simpson is currently riding a personal shutout streak of 143:46, dating back to his appearance on January 8 against south Carolina.
Simpson stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 1-0 win against Norfolk on Tuesday and turned aside all 24 shots in a 1-0 victory at Elmira on Sunday. Simpson's two shutouts join Ken Appleby (three) and Drew Fielding (two) to give the ECHL seven shutouts on the season, the only team in the ECHL with three goalies with multiple shutouts.
Under contract to Stockton of the American Hockey League, Simpson is 5-1-0 in six appearances with the Thunder this season with two shutouts, a 1.84 goals-against average and a save percentage of .934. He has also appeared in seven games with Stockton.
A native of Edmonton, Simpson has appeared in 76 career ECHL games with Adirondack, Stockton, Colorado and Toledo posting an overall record of 33-34-3 with four shutouts, a 2.70 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. Simpson has also appeared in 45 career American Hockey League games with Stockton, Bridgeport and Rockford and made his National Hockey League debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 14, 2013.