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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Zatkoff, 25, was voted WBS team MVP during the regular season after posting a 26-20 record in 49 games during his first year in the Pittsburgh organization. Zatkoff finished the regular season with a league-best 1.93 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage while posting five shutouts.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Zatkoff and fellow netminder Brad Thiessen combined to win the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award, which goes to the goaltending duo that allows the fewest goals in the AHL. He and Thiessen combined to allow just 178 goals while helping the Penguins qualify for the postseason for the 11th-consecutive year.
Prior to joining the Penguins organization, the 6-foot-3, 179-pound Zatkoff played four seasons in the Los Angeles Kings organization for their top minor-league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and three years of collegiate hockey at Miami University (Ohio).