Goaltender Dan Ellis thought his hockey career may be coming to an end, but it was just getting started after a season in the USHL. He played for the Omaha Lancers in 1999-2000 and posted a 34-16-4 record to go along with a 2.25 GAA and .925 SV%. He also recorded a USHL record 11 shutouts on his way to earning both USHL Player of the Year and USHL Goaltender of the Year.
Following that season, Ellis would be selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round (60th overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft. He then went across town to play college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he won 52 games over three seasons at the school.
Ellis made his NHL debut in 2004, making 25 saves and earning a victory for the Dallas Stars in that first game. Now in his eighth full NHL season, he has also played for the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and Carolina Hurricanes.
The goaltender continues to make Omaha his home during the hockey offseason.
Video - Dan Ellis interview
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14. A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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