The Stockton Thunder have signed free agent goaltender Brian Foster to an ECHL contract.
Foster was selected by the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League in the 5th round (161st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and remains in the club’s prospect pool. Prior to turning professional, Foster attended the University of New Hampshire where he played four seasons with the New Hampshire Wildcats men’s ice hockey team which competes in NCAA’s Division I in the Hockey East conference.
Foster was recalled by the Panthers on February 1, 2012 to serve as the back-up for Scott Clemmensen, while starter Jose Theodore was injured. He made his NHL debut on February 4, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, relieving Clemmensen during the second period of the game. After that, he was returned to the AHL, where he would serve as the backup goaltender to Jacob Markstrom. As well as playing in the American Hockey League, he spent the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he went 46-24-7 with a 2.62 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 80 career games.
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