Monday, April 16, 2007

K-Zoo's Nie cracks UHL All-Rookie Team

The United Hockey League announced Monday the 2006-07 All-Rookie Team as selected by league head coaches, general managers and members of the media.

Goaltender – Ryan Nie, Kalamazoo Wings
Defenseman – Dale Lupul, Quad City Mallards
Defenseman – Luke Fritshaw, Rockford IceHogs
Forward – Brett Pilkington, Quad City Mallards
Forward – Mike Zbriger, Bloomington PrairieThunder
Forward – Justin Chwedoruk, Quad City Mallards

Ryan Nie (G), Kalamazoo Wings – The 22-year-old native of Nanticoke, Ontario, completed the regular season with a 20-8-4 record. He led all UHL goaltenders with a 2.02 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and seven shutouts. His 2.02 GAA is a UHL career record among goaltenders with at least 30 starts. Nie was the Easton UHL Rookie of the Month for February and was selected as the Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Month for March. Nie joins former K-Wings Jason Deitsch and Joel Martin as the only other K-Wing players to earn a spot on the UHL All-Rookie Team.


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