Monsters Recall Ivan Kulbakov from ECHL's Quad City Mallards


Rookie goaltender signed AHL contract with Cleveland on June 30, 2017.


The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Tuesday that the Monsters recalled rookie goaltender Ivan Kulbakov from his loan to the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards. In seven appearances for the Monsters this season, Kulbakov posted a record of 0-4-0 with a 3.95 goals-against average and a .865 save percentage. In 22 appearances for Quad City this year, Kulbakov supplied a record of 11-11-0 with a 3.63 goals-against average and a.902 save percentage.

A 6’0”, 183 lb., undrafted, left-handed native of Gomel, Belarus, Kulbakov, 21, participated in both the Blue Jackets’ and Cleveland’s 2017 Training Camps and inked an AHL standard player contract (SPC) with the Monsters on June 30, 2017. In 52 appearances for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms last season, Kulbakov supplied a record of 30-16-1 with five shutouts, a 1.93 goals-against average, and a .919 save percentage. Kulbakov capped the 2016-17 campaign among the USHL’s league-leaders in appearances (T1st), wins (T2nd), shutouts (T1st), goals-against average (4th) and save percentage (T7th). Kulbakov has additionally represented Belarus in international competition and logged time with HK Gomel in the Belarusian professional ranks.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Tuesday road clash vs. the San Diego Gulls with full coverage, live from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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