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Kupsky added to netminding group
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American netminder Jake Kupsky will join the crease rotation. The 6’3”, 195lb stopper is fresh off his first overseas stint with Slovakian side Zvolen where he posted a 2.94 goals against average and a 91 save percentage in 44 starts. 

After a junior season with NAHL Lone Star Brahmas in 2014-2015, where he was drafted in the 7th round by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, Kupsky embarked on a 4 year NCAA career at Union College.  In 59 games, the 28 year old posted a 90 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average and was an NCAA, ECAC conference, 3rd All-Star Team award winner during the 2017-2018 set.

He made his pro debut in 2019-2020 with SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers and posted a league best 1.84 goals against and topped the save rate at 93.3% while also spending ECHL time with Idaho Steelheads and Greenville Swamp Rabbits.  He had a similar schedule the following term back with Flyers for a league title along with stints at Swamp Rabbits and South Carolina Stingrays.  Outside of a brief spell at AHL Colorado Eagles in 2021-2022, the native of Waukesha, Wisconsin was full time in the ECHL with 38 games, 2.57 goals against and a 91 save percentage at Idaho. His run included selection as a league All-Star, the Brabham Cup as league champions and Goaltender of the month and week awards over the term.  He completed his ECHL residency during the 2022-2023 campaign with Steelheads, and recorded a 5 game showing at AHL’s  Abbotsford Canucks ahead of his European start. 

“Jake has put together a pretty strong playing CV over the past few seasons,” said Paul Dixon.

“He is a good size body in terms of just net coverage based on his size and he has been able to combine that with his athleticism to give his teams a chance to win hockey games on a lot of nights at all the different places he has been.”

“Last year we saw how important depth at the netminding position is with Eamon’s season ending injury where Adam Long took us to a win before Taz jumped in doing a great job carrying the load for the remainder of the schedule.  Same as it was for the past couple of seasons, the goaltenders will be able to push each other while we retain the confidence that we can handle any potential eventuality again in the new campaign.”

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