Dallas Stars prospect and current Idaho Steelheads goaltender Matt Climie has been named the CCM Vector ECHL Rookie of the Month for December.
The 25-year-old Climie went 5-1-0 in December with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.31, and a save percentage of .920 in six games as the Steelheads went 8-4-0. He played for the Dallas Stars in the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., going 2-0-0 to help the Stars win the event. Climie signed with the Stars as a free agent on March 20, 2008.
Climie began the month stopping 29 shots and turning aside two of three shooters in the shootout for a 4-3 win against Utah. He won his final four games of the month beginning on Dec. 14 when he made 31 saves for his first professional shutout in a 1-0 win at Alaska. Climie posted back-to-back wins, stopping 27 shots in each game, against Bakersfield on Dec. 17 and 20 and ended the month turning aside 29 shots in a 5-1 win against Utah.
The Leduc, Alberta native is 11-6-0 with a shutout and a save percentage of .913. He is tied for third in the league with two shootout wins and is ninth with a goals-against average of 2.42.
Climie played four seasons at Bemidji State University where he was 45-30-11 with 12 shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.40 and a save percentage of .910 in 95 games from 2004-08. He holds the BSU career record with 12 shutouts while his goals-against average and save percentage rank second.