ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced Saturday that the National Hockey League club (NHL) reassigned goaltender Igor Bobkov from the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) to the team's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), the Norfolk Admirals.
Bobkov, 23, returns to Norfolk having posted a 17-8-4 record, a 2.04 goals-against average, and a .921 save percentage in 29 appearances with Utah this season. The 6-6, 230-pound netminder holds a 5-2-1 record, a 2.35 goals against average, and a .921 save percentage for the Admirals this season. Bobkov flew to Hartford this weekend once the Ducks pulled John Gibson up from Norfolk to replace an injured Frederik Andersen. He stepped in for Brad Thiessen Sunday night in Hartford and turned in a scoreless final 20 minutes, keeping the Admirals alive though they lost, 3-2.
The Magnitogorsk, Russa native has been spectacular in Utah, leading the ECHL in goals-against average at 2.04 per game and amongst the top five in save percentage at a .921 clip. He's been named the ECHL's Goaltender of the Month two consecutive times this season (February, March) and gave up two goals or less in seven of eight contests last month.
Last season, Bobkov registered an 11-17-0 record, including two shutouts in 28 appearances with Norfolk. A behemoth between the pipes, Igor earned a 2-1-1 record in four appearances with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) during the 2011-12 season. Bobkov was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the third-round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Admirals catch their breath in Norfolk before hitting the road again to take on Providence, Worcester and Portland beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Providence. Fans can tune-in on 1490 AM The Game and 1650 AM, or online at www.1490amthegame.com.
Norfolk comes back to Scope next week to play the Hershey Bears on Wednesday, April 16 beginning at 7:15 p.m. College Students can purchase tickets for just $9 when they present their college I.D. to the Scope Box Office anytime after 2:00 p.m. the day of the game. The game is also a Family Fun Pack night! Fans can purchase 4 red-level tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, and 4 popcorns for just $56! Family Fun Packs may be purchased at the box office as well.
Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.