The United States Hockey League announced today that Green Bay Gamblers goaltender Adam Huska has been named the 2016 USHL Goaltender of the Year as determined by a vote of League general managers.
Huska played in 37 games for the Gamblers and finished with a record of 26-9-2, leading Green Bay to the number two seed in the Eastern Conference. He made 880 saves throughout those 37 games, and posted a 1.82 GAA and a .931 SV% in that span. Both of those marks led the league, and the 1.82 GAA is the best mark in USHL Tier 1 history (2002-present). The .931 SV% was the highest ever by a USHL goaltender since Lincoln Stars goaltender David Reekie posted a .935 SV% during the 2007-08 season. Huska's 26 wins ranked third among all USHL goaltenders, and he also posted four shutouts this season.
Huska, a native of Slovakia, posted a five-game winning streak from October 10th to November 6th, picking up victories over Youngstown, Muskegon, Waterloo, and twice over Chicago. He picked up his first career USHL shutout a week later, as he blanked the Bloomington Thunder in a 2-0 Gamblers victory. Huska then had another five-game winning streak from December 11th to January 23rd, defeating both Madison and Sioux Falls twice as well as knocking off Chicago. He finished the season winning 17 of his last 22 starts and helped solidify the Gamblers playoff position.
Huska was named USHL Goaltender of the Week twice, November 24th and December 14th. He also represented his home country of Slovakia in the World Junior Championship, appearing in five games throughout the tournament. Huska was named a top-three player of his team for the tournament.
On March 28th, Huska announced that he will be attending the University of Connecticut following his USHL career. Huska was selected by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Huska is the first Gamblers goaltender to win the award since Ryan McKay did so during the 2011-12 season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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