The Florida Panthers assigned goalie David Shantz to the Dayton Bombers on Monday.Â I’m sure many Amerk fans will get a laugh from the second line of the article below.Â We still believe in Shantz and wish him the best of luck in Dayton!Â Below is from DaytonBombers.com
NHLâ€™s Florida Panthers Assign Goalie to Bombers
David Shantz to Provide Experience and Leadership to Team
October 20, 2008
Dayton, OH â€“ The Dayton Bombers have been assigned goaltender David Shantz from the National Hockey Leagueâ€™s Florida Panthers, head coach Bill McDonald announced today.
Shantz, a 2nd round draft pick, 37th overall, by the Panthers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, enters his third professional season after splitting the past two years between the Panthers â€œAAAâ€ affiliate, the Rochester Americans, and their â€œAAâ€ ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.
â€œDavidâ€™s experience should help our younger defensemen and (rookie goalie) Paul Drew,â€ McDonald said. â€œThis is a big year in his career and weâ€™re looking forward to what he brings to our organization.â€
During the 2007-08 season, the Burlington, Ontario, native went 11-5-3 with the Everblades, with a 2.56 GAA and .916 save percentage. The year before he was 13-7-1 with Florida, earning a 2.96 GAA and .908 save percentage.
Shantz won an OHL championship with Peterborough in 2005-06, going 16-3 in the post-season. He played two seasons with Mississauga, advancing to the playoffs in both 2004 and 2005.
â€œIâ€™ve been fortunate enough to compete for league championships with a variety of teams,â€ Shantz said. â€œI understand what it takes to win and to compete every day.â€
In a separate transaction, goaltender Mike Brown has accepted a contract to play in Germany for the duration of the 2008-09 season. Brown was 1-0-0 with the Bombers after saving 17 of 21 shots in the Bombers 5-4 season opening overtime victory against Cincinnati on Saturday night.
The Bombers are on the road this weekend against Johnstown (Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m.) and Cincinnati (Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.). Listen or watch on the B2 Networks by clicking here and selecting the radio or web broadcast of the Bombers.
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