Monsters Sign Goaltender Brad Thiessen to One-Year AHL Contract
Veteran net-minder returns to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in 2019-20 for fifth season with Monsters
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters announced Wednesday that the team signed veteran goaltender Brad Thiessen to a one-year AHL contract for the 2019-20 season. Last year, Thiessen posted a record of 12-8-4 in 26 appearances for the Monsters with two shutouts, a 2.36 goals-against average (GAA) and a .913 save percentage (S%). In eight 2019 Calder Cup Playoff appearances for Cleveland, Thiessen notched a record of 3-5 with one shutout, a 2.57 GAA and a .902 S%.
A 6’0”, 181 lb., left-catching native of Aldergrove, BC, Thiessen, 33, notched a 3-1-0 record with a 3.72 GAA and a .858 S% in five NHL appearances for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2011-12 season, and contributed a record of 139-91-19 with 28 shutouts, a 2.48 GAA, and a .910 S% in 270 career AHL games played spanning parts of ten seasons from 2009-19 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Norfolk Admirals, Adirondack Flames and the Monsters.
Thiessen supplied a record of 22-25 with five shutouts, a 2.10 GAA and a .922 S% in 49 career Calder Cup Playoff appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Norfolk and Cleveland spanning six postseason runs from 2010-19. In 2010-11, Thiessen was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team and claimed both the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s Goaltender of the Year and the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award as a member of the league’s top goaltending tandem. Thiessen again claimed a share of the Holmes Award in 2013.
In 33 ECHL appearances for the Wheeling Nailers and Cincinnati Cyclones spanning parts of the 2009-10, 2015-16, and 2016-17 seasons, Thiessen supplied a record of 18-7-4-2 with one shutout, a 2.29 GAA, and a .923 S%. In three collegiate seasons with Northeastern University from 2006-09, Thiessen supplied a 52-46-12 record with nine shutouts, a 2.40 GAA, and a .922 S% in 111 appearances for the Huskies and maintains career program-record marks in GAA, S%, and shutouts (T1st). A Hobey Baker Award Finalist in 2009, Thiessen also competed for HIFK Helsinki in Finland’s Liiga during the 2013-14 season and spent three seasons in the BCHL during his junior career from 2003-06.