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KINGS SIGN ZATKOFF

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Zatkoff was the club’s third-round selection (74th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Zatkoff, 20, recently finished his junior season with Miami University (Ohio) posting a 27-8-1 record with a 1.72 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and three shutouts. His 1.72 goals-against average and .933 save percentage were both ranked first in the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) and second nationally. His 27 wins were second in the CCHA and tied for second in the nation. Zatkoff was also named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team last month.

The 6-1, 180-pound native of Detroit was 14-8-3 with a 2.26 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout in 26 appearances for Miami University during the 2006-07 season. His 2.26 goals-against average was second in the CCHA and 15th nationally. His .919 save percentage was third in the CCHA and 17th in the country. Zatkoff also competed with Team USA at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Would Junior Championship in Sweden.

During his three-year tenure at Miami University, Zatkoff went 55-21-5. He was 14-5-1 during his freshman year in 2005-06. In 2004-05, Zatkoff played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL (United States Hockey League), posting a 13-6-3 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

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