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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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