Goaltender posted top goals-against average and save percentage in calendar year 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2004)
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– Jim Rutherford, President / General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired goaltender Martin Gerber (MAR-tihn GUHR-buhr) from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Tomas Malec (MAL-ihtz) and Carolina’s third-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
“Martin had another outstanding season for Anaheim this year,” said Rutherford. “We feel that this acquisition makes us much stronger at the goaltending position.”
Gerber, 30, posted an 11-12-4 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and a save percentage of .918 in 32 games with the Mighty Ducks in 2003-04. A native of Langnau, Switzerland, Gerber led all NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.936) for the 2003 calendar year, the best marks in those two categories in a calendar year since Dominik Hasek recorded a 1.76 goals-against average and .943 save percentage for Buffalo in 1998. His save percentage in 2003 was the second-highest for a calendar year since 1990, and his GAA ranked third since 1990. Gerber (5’ 11’’, 195 lbs.) allowed two or fewer goals in 23 of his 32 regular-season appearances for Anaheim in 2003-04, including each of his final seven outings of the season.
An eighth-round selection of the Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Gerber has played in 54 career NHL games with the Mighty Ducks, posting a record of 17-23-7 with a goals-against average of 2.13 and a .923 save percentage. He made his NHL debut with the Ducks on Oct. 11, 2002, against Dallas, and earned his first NHL win on Oct. 20, 2002, against Colorado. Gerber, who earned his first career shutout by stopping 28 shots in a 4-0 victory against Carolina on Feb. 23, 2003, played in two playoff games during Anaheim’s run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003. Prior to making the jump to North American hockey, Gerber played one season in the Swedish Elite League, posting a league-best 1.96 goals-against average and leading Farjestads to the league championship with a 1.64 goals-against average and two shutouts in 10 playoff games. He also played two seasons with SC Langnau of the Swiss National League and appeared in three games for Switzerland in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, posting a 1.51 goals-against average and two wins in the tournament.
Malec played in 43 career NHL games with Carolina since being acquired along with Bret Hedican and Kevyn Adams for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ricthie on Jan. 16, 2002, tallying a pair of assists and 45 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he played two games with Carolina without registering a point. He had 20 points (7g, 13a) in 74 games with Carolina’s American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell. The third-round pick that Carolina sends to Anaheim in the deal is Carolina’s own pick, the 74th overall selection. The Hurricanes maintain their other third round pick – 69th overall – which they acquired from Colorado in exchange for Bob Boughner on Feb. 20.
The Carolina Hurricanes will host the 2004 NHL Entry Draft at the RBC Center, June 26-27. The draft is open to the public and tickets and parking to the event are free. The first three rounds of the NHL Entry Draft will begin Saturday, June 26, at 12 p.m., with the first round televised nationally in the United States on ESPN2 and in Canada on TSN/RDS. Free general admission section tickets to the Entry Draft are available through several different outlets. Fans can download tickets online at CarolinaHurricanes.com, or pick them up at the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center or any retail location of The Eye team store. Fans may also pick up tickets at any North Carolina RBC Centura banking center or Triangle-area Harris Teeter store. In addition, tickets will be available the day of the event at the RBC Center.