Brian Foster (ice hockey)

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Brian Foster
Born (1987-02-04) February 4, 1987 (age 30)
Pembroke, NH, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
AHL team
Former teams
WBS Penguins
Florida Panthers
Lillehammer IK
NHL Draft 161st overall, 2005
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2010–present

Brian Foster (born February 4, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL on loan from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was selected by the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League in the 5th round (161st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Foster was born in Pembroke, New Hampshire.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Prior to turning professional, Foster attended the University of New Hampshire where he played four seasons with the New Hampshire Wildcats men's ice hockey team which competes in NCAA's Division I in the Hockey East conference.

During the 2011–12 season, Foster was recalled from AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, by the Panthers on February 1, 2012 to serve as the back-up for Scott Clemmensen, while starter Jose Theodore was injured.[2] He made his NHL debut on February 4, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, relieving Clemmensen during the second period of the game. This would represent Foster's only NHL appearance to date, as he was reassigned to the Rampage four days later on February 8, 2012.[3][4]

On February 15, 2013 while playing for the Cincinnati Cyclones, Foster became the 11th goaltender in ECHL history to be credited with a goal in the game between the Cyclones and the visiting Trenton Titans.[5]

On August 20, 2013, Foster signed as free agent to a one-year ECHL contract with the Stockton Thunder.[6]

After one season with Lillehammer IK in the Norwegian GET-ligaen, Foster transferred to the Danish League, signing a two-year deal with Esbjerg Energy on July 2, 2015.[7] Foster was later released from his contract in Denmark a month later in order to sign an AHL contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on August 3, 2015.[8] He was later assigned to ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, to begin the 2015–16 season.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs EJHL 41 30 6 4 2339 98 3 2.51 .920
2005–06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 26 12 9 3 1516 71 0 2.81 .913 1 0 0 12 0 0 0.00 1.000
2006–07 U. of New Hampshire HE 7 2 2 0 298 11 2 2.21 .933
2007–08 U. of New Hampshire HE 6 2 2 2 372 19 0 3.06 .899
2008–09 U. of New Hampshire HE 35 19 11 4 2080 93 3 2.68 .910
2009–10 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 17 14 7 2297 114 0 2.98 .908
2010–11 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs CHL 20 9 9 1 1124 60 0 3.20 .884
2010–11 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 19 11 6 1 1098 42 2 2.30 .918 4 1 3 292 11 0 2.26 .899
2011–12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 12 4 6 0 609 37 0 3.64 .885
2011–12 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 29 16 11 2 1683 78 3 2.78 .902
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0.00 1.000
2012–13 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 32 19 7 4 1796 80 0 2.67 .907
2012–13 San Antonio Rampage AHL 7 1 3 0 309 15 0 2.92 .910
2013–14 Stockton Thunder ECHL 45 23 16 5 2695 134 1 2.98 .901
2014–15 Lillehammer IK GET 43 2.94 .905 4 4.15 .879
2015–16 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 22 10 8 3 1266 57 1 2.70 .908 16 9 7 953 48 0 3.02 .902
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 9 3 3 1 462 27 1 3.51 .857
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0.00 1.000

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East First Team 2009–10 [9]
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2009–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pembroke, New Hampshire". City-Data.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Panthers Recall G Brian Foster". Florida Panthers. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Panthers Re-assign Brian Foster to San Antonio". oursportscentral.com. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Panthers reassign Brian Foster to Rampage". The Official Site of the San Antonio Rampage. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Foster becomes 11th ECHL goaltender to score goal". ECHL. 2013-02-15. Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Thunder, Foster on the prowl". Stockton Thunder. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-20. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Energy land former NHL player Foster" (in Danish). Esbjerg Energy. 2015-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Penguins sign goaltender Brian Foster". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  9. ^ "NCAA (Hockey East) First All-Star Teams". eliteprospects.com. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 

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