WADE DUBIELEWICZ NAMED AHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Goaltender adds Dudley "Red" Garrett Award to collection of honors
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, have announced Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz has won the
Dudley "Red" Garrett Award as the 2003-04 AHL Rookie of the Year.
This is the third honor in as many days for Dubielewicz who was named
to the League's All-Rookie team Wednesday and the AHL All-Star team
Dubielewicz was also the AHL Rookie of the Month with 5-0-1 record,
0.82 goals against average, .964 save percentage and two shutouts in
December and stopped 23 of 25 shots faced in 30:56 as the starting
goaltender in the Canadian team's 9-5 win at the League's All-Star
Game in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 9th.
Dubielewicz leads all AHL goaltenders and is on pace to break the all-
time League records with a 1.42 goals against average and .944 save
percentage. He is also third with eight shutouts, which are a Sound
Tigers single-season record as well. Dubielewicz is 20-8-4 in 32 AHL
games with the Sound Tigers this season and stopped all 14 shots he
faced in a 40-minute relief appearance in his NHL debut leading the
Islanders to a come-from-behind 4-2 road win over the Philadelphia
Flyers last Thursday.
Dubielewicz signed as a free agent with the Islanders last summer
after a brilliant four-year career at the University of Denver where
he posted the Pioneers' highest career save percentage, .926, and was
a finalist for the 2002 Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the best
collegiate hockey player in the United States. He led Denver to the
Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship and was the
Association's top-ranked goaltender in both 2000-01 and 2001-02.
The Sound Tigers will visit the Manchester Monarchs tonight at 7:35
Fri, April 2, 2004
Dubielewicz wins Garrett Award
The American Hockey League announced today that goaltender Wade
Dubielewicz of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers has been named the winner
of the Dudley ?Red? Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL?s outstanding
rookie for the 2003-04 season, as voted by AHL players and media in
each of the league?s 28 member cities.
Dubielewicz, a 25-year-old native of Invermere, B.C., has made 32
appearances for the Sound Tigers this season and has posted a record
of 20-8-4. His eight shutouts rank third in the league, and are the
most by an AHL rookie since the 1942-43 season. Dubielewicz also
leads the AHL with a 1.42 goals-against average and a .944 save
percentage, both of which are on pace to establish new league
records. The former University of Denver standout was voted a starter
for the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic in February, and has also
been named to the 2003-04 AHL All-Rookie Team and the AHL Second All-
Star Team. Dubielewicz made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders
on Mar. 25 and stopped all 14 shots he faced to earn the win at
This award, which was first presented by the AHL in 1947, honors the
late Dudley ?Red? Garrett, a promising young player who lost his life
during World War II while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. Garrett
split his only pro season, 1942-43, between the AHL?s Providence Reds
and the NHL?s New York Rangers. Dubielewicz is the 11th goaltender to
win the award in its 57-year history, joining the likes of Terry
Sawchuk (1949), Roger Crozier (1964), Pelle Lindbergh (1981), Ron
Hextall (1986), Felix Potvin (1992) and Mika Noronen (2000).
Other previous winners of the Garrett Award include Wally
Hergesheimer (1951), Bill Sweeney (1958), Rick Middleton (1974),
Darryl Sutter (1980), Steve Thomas (1985), Brett Hull (1987), Donald
Audette (1990), Darcy Tucker (1996), Daniel Briere (1998), Tyler
Arnason (2002) and Darren Haydar (2003).
As it concludes its 68th regular season on Apr. 11, the AHL continues
to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey
League teams. More than 80 percent of all players to compete in the
NHL this season have been AHL graduates, and nearly 400 players have
taken the ice in both leagues in 2003-04.