RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Jack LaFontaine to the team's active roster and reassigned goaltender Alex Lyon to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL).
LaFontaine, 24, signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Carolina on Jan. 10 and was previously assigned to the team's taxi squad. He earned a 12-8-0 record, 2.69 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and one shutout in 20 NCAA games with Minnesota in 2021-22. He was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Nov. 2 after stopping 54 of 57 shots in a weekend sweep of Notre Dame. LaFontaine was named one of Minnesota's tri-captains prior to the start of the season after serving as one of the team's alternate captains last season. The 6'2", 204-pound netminder posted a 22-7-0 record, 1.79 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and five shutouts in 29 games with the Gophers in 2020-21, leading all Division I goaltenders in wins and ranking tied for second in save percentage and shutouts and fourth in goals-against average. LaFontaine won the Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I and was also named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, a First-Team All-American and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey. He played five collegiate seasons with Michigan and Minnesota from 2016-22, posting a 2.52 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and six shutouts in 96 career NCAA games. The Mississauga, Ont., native also spent one year with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in 2018-19, posting a 30-13-1 record, 2.19 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and three shutouts. He ranked tied for the league lead in save percentage and ranked second in wins and goals-against average, earning Top Goaltender and First-Team All-Star honors. LaFontaine was selected by Carolina in the third round, 75th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Lyon, 29, has played 11 AHL games with the Wolves this season, posting a 9-1-1 record, 1.79 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts. Among AHL goaltenders with at least seven games played, Lyon ranks second in goals-against average, tied for third in shutouts and tied for fourth in save percentage. The 6'1", 201-pound netminder owns an 84-55-16 record, 2.68 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and eight shutouts in 160 career AHL games with Lehigh Valley and Chicago from 2016-21. Lyon has made two NHL appearances with Carolina this season, earning a 1-0-1 record, 2.93 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He has registered a 7-7-3 record, 3.18 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 24 career NHL games with Philadelphia and Carolina from 2018-22. Prior to turning professional, Lyon earned a 50-29-14 record, 1.88 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and 15 shutouts in 93 career NCAA games with Yale from 2013-16, where he was twice named ECAC Goaltender of the Year and was selected as a finalist for the Hobey Baker and Mike Richter awards in 2016. The Baudette, Minn., native also made 99 USHL appearances with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders and Omaha Lancers from 2011-13, posting a 52-37-4 record, 2.73 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and five shutouts.