Blaze boost with Goalie Hackett

January 9, 2019 8:30 am
Coventry Blaze have strengthened their netminding with the addition of Canadian Matt Hackett, a 2009 77 overall draft pick who went on to 25 games in the NHL with Minnesota and Buffalo.

Between 2010 and 2017, Hackett iced in 213 regular season AHL games with a save percentage of 90.9%, and in 2011 lead the Houston Aeros to the Cup Finals. In the following season, he was named to the AHL All-Star team and called up to Canada’s World Championships squad.

Hackett spent most of last season in the Slovak Extraliga with newly-promoted Detva. Hackett ended the season with a save percentage of 89.7%, but on a team that came last and let in over 200 goals in 56 regular season games. They survived the relegation round with Hackett saving 92.6% of shots. For the current campaign, Hackett was signed by Medvescak Zagreb, however the deal fell through leaving the goalie looking for a new opportunity.

“Since Kevin Nastiuk’s decision not to return in the summer, we have struggled to find consistency within the goalie position due to injuries and some inconsistent play,” explained Head Coach Danny Stewart. “As a club, we thank Miro(slav Kopriva) for coming in to help us on two occasions, and we wish him nothing but the best for his future. In Matt, we get a guy that’s played at the very highest level and had success there. We are delighted to get someone of his pedigree. He’s a big guy that will bring us elite goal-tending at this level every night.”

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