Josh Unice

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Josh Unice
Born (1989-06-24) June 24, 1989 (age 26)
Holland, OH, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
AIHL team CBR Brave
Played for Sheffield Steelers
HC Banska Bystrica
Gwinnett Gladiators
Western Ontario Mustangs
Windsor Spitfires
Kitchener Rangers
NHL Draft 86th overall, 2007
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2014[1]–present
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  United States
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2006 Saskatchewan Team[2]
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2007 Finland Team[2]

Josh Unice (born June 24, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently interim Head Coach for the CBR Brave in the Australian Ice Hockey League. Josh joined the Brave in Canberra as their starting import goaltender before the start of the 2015 AIHL season after leaving the Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL. He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd round (86th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Unice began his career playing two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (2005–07), before playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League playing with both the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires (2007–09).[2] While with the Spitfires, the team won the Ontario Hockey League Championship after the 2008-09 season.[2]

University career[edit]

After his junior career ended, Unice spent his college ice hockey career playing for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs of Canadian Interuniversity Sport for five seasons (2009-2014).[2] While at the University of Western Ontario, Unice studied Criminology.[4]

Senior career[edit]

On March 6, 2014, Unice began his professional career by signing with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL.[1] On August 7, 2014, Unice signed with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League.[5]

On October 7, 2014, it was announced that the Central Hockey League had folded and had joined the ECHL, nullifying Unice's Central Hockey League contract with the team.[6][7] On October 9, 2014, Unice re-signed with the Mavericks under an ECHL contract.[8] That same day, he was traded by the Mavericks to the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL for undisclosed considerations.[8][9][10]

On October 15, 2014, Unice was released by the Rush.[11]

24 January 2015, Unice signed with Elite Ice Hockey League side Sheffield Steelers on a short term contract to cover the injured first choice netminder Frank Doyle.[12] Josh slotted into the first team well at the Steelers and finished the season by winning the league with the best save percentage out of any goaltender for in the EIHL.[2] Following his success with the Steelers in April 2015 retiring goaltender Frank Doyle made a public statement endorsing Unice by saying he felt Josh would be the ideal replacement for him at the Steelers for the next EIHL season.[13]

01 May 2015, Josh Unice signed with the CBR Brave and became the club's starting goaltender.[14] Unice is the first NHL drafted player to play for the Brave. Josh made his CBR Brave debut between the pipes in round one of the 2015 AIHL season as the Brave beat the Sydney Bears 4-2 in front of a sold out crowd at Phillip Ice Centre.[15][14]

14 July 2015, Josh Unice was named CBR Brave interim Head Coach for the last seven games of the 2015 AIHL regular season and any finals matches. Josh was installed Head Coach after being approached by Brave Chairman Peter Chamberlain following the mutual separation between the club and former Head Coach Brad Hunt. Joining Josh in the coaching department as Josh's right hand man is veteran Brave defenceman and alternative captain Aaron Clayworth who has taken the assistant coaching position.[16]

Awards and honors[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

References:.[2][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2004–05 Victory Honda MWEHL 17 4 11 0 802 62 0 4.17
2005-06 United States NTDP U17 Ind 6 2 3 1 - 23 - 3.79
2005-06 United States NTDP NAHL 21 11 7 0 1245:49 62 0 2.99
2006-07 United States NTDP U18 Ind 27 15 9 2 1582 83 3 3.15
2006-07 United States NTDP NAHL 6 5 0 0 368:31 13 1 2.12
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 42 30 6 0 2376 97 4 2.45
2008–09 Kitchener Rangers OHL 16 4 10 0 876 56 0 3.84
2008–09 Windsor Spitfires OHL 12 7 5 0 674 30 0 2.67
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 3 0 1 0 53 9 0 10.27
2009–10 Western Mustangs OUA 5 1 3 0 236:39 19 0 4.82
2010–11 Western Mustangs OUA 14 8 5 0 810 30 1 2.22
2011–12 Western Mustangs OUA 20 15 4 0 1140 40 4 2.10
2012–13 Western Mustangs OUA 24 19 5 0 1451 59 1 2.44
2013–14 Western Mustangs OUA 21 16 4 0 1221 52 1 2.56
2013–14 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 4 0 3 1 204 14 0 4.11
2013–14 HC Banska Bystrica SEL 2 - - - 72 - 0 3.33
2013–14 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 19 14 5 0 1126 39 5 2.80
2015 CBR Brave AIHL 14 6 8 0 679 42 0 3.09
OHL totals 73 41 22 0 3979 192 4 2.90

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2005-06 United States NTDP NAHL 8 5 3 0 489.32 14 2 1.72
2006-07 United States NTDP NAHL 0 0 0 0 0:00 0 0 0
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 16 11 3 0 948 38 1 2.41
2008–09 Windsor Spitfires OHL 3 2 1 0 114 6 0 3.15
2009-10 Western Mustangs CIS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[25]
2010-11 Western Mustangs CIS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[25]
2011-12 Western Mustangs CIS 11 8 3 0 669 26 1 2.33[25]
2012-13 Western Mustangs CIS 4 3 1 0 240 8 1 2.00[25]
2013-14 Western Mustangs CIS 6 3 3 0 381 14 0 2.20[25]
OHL totals 19 13 5 0 504 44 1 2.49

Memorial Cup[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2008 Windsor Spitfires MEM 5 2 2 0 316 14 1 2.66

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Josh Unice signs with the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators". University of Western Ontario. March 6, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Josh Unice EliteProspects.com Profile". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Josh Unice". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2013-14 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". University of Western Ontario. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mavericks Sign Unice and Former Mav Tochkin". OurSportsCentral.com. August 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Days Before Season Begins, ECHL Adds 7 Former Central Hockey League Teams". SB Nation. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Genet, Mike (October 10, 2014). "A NEW ERA". The Examiner. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "ECHL Transactions - Oct. 9". ECHL. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ Client Josh Unice has been traded to the @RapidCityRush of the ECHL Shawn Green on Twitter. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Althaus, Bill (October 10, 2014). "ECHL Rule Forces Mavs to Cut Fan Favorite Pszenyczny". The Examiner. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "ECHL Transactions - Oct. 15". ECHL. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "EIHL: Sheffield Steelers sign Josh Unice and Tomas Petruska". www.findpubsport.com. 2015-01-24. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  13. ^ "Josh Unice would be a good choice to replace me, says Sheffield Steelers goalie Frank Doyle". www.thestar.co.uk. 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  14. ^ a b Gaskin, Lee (2015-05-01). "Former junior USA goalkeeper Josh Unice joins Canberra Brave". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  15. ^ "CBR Brave vs Sydney Bears Boxscore". www.theaihl.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  16. ^ "Brave Move: Unice appointed interim Head Coach for remainder of 2015 season". CBR Brave ltd. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  17. ^ "Hockey Awards and Achievements". http://www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  18. ^ "Josh Unice". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ "# 1 Josh Unice". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ "# 31 Josh Unice". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Josh Unice". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Josh Unice (G)". LeagueStat.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Josh Unice (G)". LeagueStat.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Josh Unice #70". NHL. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c d e Average of annual total/average.

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