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Stampede's Lindgren named USA Hockey Goalie of the Year

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Former Stampede G Charlie Lindgren
Former Stampede G Charlie Lindgren

Sioux Falls, SD (KWSN) —USA Hockey announced today that Charlie Lindgren has been named the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year. He will be honored at the 2013 Annual Congress on June 5 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lindgren led the USHL in wins this past season with 35 while setting a Stampede single season franchise record for most wins in a season. On the year, Lindgren went 35-14-2 with a 2.80 Goals-Against-Average (GAA), a .900 save percentage and allowed two or fewer goals on 24 occasions while posting two shutouts. 

The Lakeville, MN native finished third in the leagues in minutes played (2852:46) and fifth in saves (1198) while leading the Stampede to a regular season Western Conference championship. During the postseason, Lindgren went 5-5 with a 2.52 GAA and a .921 save percentage while leading the Herd to Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. This fall, Lindgren will suit up for former Stampede head coach Bob Motzko at St. Cloud State University.

 “It’s a great honor, but truly an award I couldn’t have won without the help of my teammates,” said Lindgren. “It’s really a special award that I will carry with me the rest of my life.” 

Lindgren continues a strong tradition of successful Stampede goaltenders. This past season, Eric Hartzell (2007-09) was a Hobey Baker Finalist and named USCHO.com Player of the Year after leading Quinnipiac to the national championship game while posting an NCAA best 30 wins and a 1.57 GAA. He went on to sign an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Wednesday was named USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year. 

Juho Olkinuora (2010-11) was named MVP of the Denver Pioneers this past season and signed an NHL contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Alex Kangas (2005-06) was a fifth round draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006 and holds Stampede records for most consecutive starts won (12) and save percentage (.930) in a season. He went on to play four years at the University of Minnesota and is now playing pro hockey. Current Stampede goaltending coach, Zach Sikich served as a backup goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks this season and played for the Herd from 1999 to 2001 and holds the franchise record for Most Saves in a Game (57).

The award caps off a record setting season that saw the Stampede set franchise records for most wins in a season (45), most home wins (21) and points in a season (92). The Stampede captured the regular season Western Conference title for just the second time in franchise history and Cary Eades was named USHL Coach of the Year in just his first season at the helm with the Stampede.

In the stands, the Stampede had the largest increase in attendance in the USHL, averaging 3,884 fans per-game, a 25% increase from the year before. That continued into the playoffs where the Herd led the USHL in attendance, averaging 3,647 per-game. 

The Stampede are gearing up for the 2013-14 season and have tryout camp this weekend at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Click here for more information on exact times. Season tickets for the upcoming season are now available and can be purchased through the Stampede office by calling 605-336-6060.

Courtesy: Sioux Falls Stampede

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