RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with goaltender Kevin Nastiuk (NAZ-tee-uhk) on a multi-year contract. As per team policy, no other terms were released.
The Hurricanes selected Nastiuk, 20, with their fourth pick, 126th overall, in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Edmonton, Alb., native recorded a 63-37-9 record in his last two seasons with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, helping the Tigers to two consecutive Central Division titles. In that span Nastiuk posted a 2.55 goals-against average while playing in 110 regular-season games.
In 2004 Nastiuk backstopped Medicine Hat to its first WHL title since 1988. During that title run, Nastiuk posted a 16-4 record, a 1.93 goals-against average and was named Most Valuable Player of the WHL playoffs.
During the 2004-05 regular season, Nastiuk recorded seven shutouts, ranking him fifth in the WHL in that category. His 2.18 goals-against average ranked eighth in the league and his .914 save percentage was good for 11th. Nastiuk was named Greyhound WHL Player of the Week when he recorded a shutout and two road wins, Oct. 19-24. At the time of the award, Nastiuk led the WHL in wins (9), goals-against average (0.90), save percentage (.964) and shutouts (5).