AEROS SIGN NHL VETERAN G STEVE SHIELDS TO PTOHOUSTON, Texas –
The Houston Aeros have signed goalie Steve Shields
, a veteran of 246 National Hockey League games, to a professional tryout, the team announced this morning. Shields is expected to practice with the Aeros today.
Shields, 34 (7/19/72), played just nine games in 2005-06 due to injury. He went 1-2-1 with a 4.28 gaa in five games for NHL Chicago, and 2-2-0 with a 2.25 gaa in four games for AHL Chicago. Prior to the NHL lockout, the 12th year pro posted a 12-13-9 mark with a 2.76 gaa in 2003-04 with Florida.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of North Bay, Ont., attended the University of Michigan, where he roomed with Aeros assistant coach Cam Stewart. Shields has also played in the NHL with Buffalo , San Jose, Anaheim and Boston, with a career 80-104-40 record and a 2.67 gaa. Shields, who won a Calder Cup title with Rochester in 1996, sports a 39-34-4 career AHL mark with a 3.41 gaa in 84 games with Rochester and Chicago.
The Aeros open up the 2006-07 American Hockey League season at Toyota Center on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Buy tickets
! The team will honor 1994-95 Aeros Mark Freer, Graeme Townshend, Al Conroy and Steve Jaques. The first 3,000 fans will receive an Aeros camouflage hat. Pre-season party outside Toyota Center begins at 5:30 p.m., featuring two of Houston ’s premier mobile entertainers, Olyn D. Taylor (DJ Specialist
) and Lloyd C. Lively (Lively DJs
). There will be great music, games, prizes and fun in front of Toyota Center.
Sunday at 5:05 p.m., the Aeros take on the Iowa Stars. “Mr. Hockey” ® Gordie Howe returns to Houston to have his No. 9 raised to the Toyota Center rafters. Buy tickets
! It’s also an Aeros Family Day. Get four tickets, four Aeros pucks, $20 in Toyota Bucks and free parking, all for just $67. Click here
to buy. Username is Family, password is Aeros. Or call 713.974.PUCK to order your Family Day. It’s also magnetic schedule night, compliments of FramesDirect.com
. The pre-game party Sunday begins at 3 p.m.!---HOUSTON AEROS---