New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Brandon Halverson from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL on an emergency basis.
Halverson, 20, has split this season between the Swamp Rabbits and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has appeared in 24 games with Hartford this season, posting a 9-14-0 record, along with a 3.40 GAA and a .886 SV%. Prior to being reassigned to Hartford from Greenville on Nov. 7, Halverson appeared in four games with the Swamp Rabbits, posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .943 SV%, and 1 SO. He made 31 saves in his ECHL/professional debut on Oct. 14 at Florida, and he earned his first career ECHL/professional win/shutout on Oct. 19 at Norfolk, as he stopped all 27 shots he faced.
Halverson was recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 27 and served as the backup goaltender for the team's contest that evening against Ottawa. He was assigned to Hartford by the Rangers on Dec. 28.
The 6-4, 212-pounder played three seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before beginning his professional career (2013-14 - 2015-16). In 112 career appearances with Sault Ste. Marie, Halverson posted a 72-28-7 record, along with a 2.83 GAA, a .909 SV%, and 8 SO. He established OHL career-highs in appearances (50), wins (40), GAA (2.63), SV% (.913), and SO (six) in 2014-15, and he became the first Rangers draft pick to earn 40 wins in one season of junior hockey.
Internationally, the Traverse City, Michigan, native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Halverson represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2015 and 2016, and he helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. In three career appearances at the IIHF World Junior Championship, Halverson posted a 0.40 GAA and a .980 SV% (50 saves on 51 shots). He became the first goaltender who was drafted by the Rangers to play in two consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships since Henrik Lundqvist with Sweden in 2001 and 2002.
Halverson was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.