November 10, 2010

Stirling Named to ECHL All-Decade Team

PRINCETON, N.J. -  Former Brown goaltender Scott Stirling is among 13 individuals named to the ECHL All-Decade Team, honoring the best players and coaches in the League from the 2000-01 season through the 2009-10 season, the ECHL announced Wednesday. The All-Decade Team consists of six forwards, four defensemen, two goaltenders and one coach.

Stirling went 129-56-19 in 215 games during the decade with Trenton, Peoria, Atlantic City and Fresno. He won both the Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year Awards in 2000-01 and added a second Goaltender of the Year in 2003-04 when he was also named the league's Most Valuable Player. Stirling was part of Atlantic City's 2003 Kelly Cup championship team, going 8-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 12 appearances during the Kelly Cup Playoffs. He is ninth in ECHL history with a 2.42 goals-against average and 10th with 129 wins.

As a collegian, Stirling was named second team All-Ivy in both 1999 and 2000, and was also a two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree, earning Academic All-ECAC as a senior in 2000. Stirling ranks in Brown's all-time top 10 for several goaltending categories, including goals-against average in a season (2.66 in 1998 and 2.92 in 1999), save percentage in a season (.920 in 1998 and .907 in 1999), and shutouts in a season (2 in 1999). For his career, Stirling recorded 1,958 saves, a 3.08 GAA, .906 save percentage, and three career shutouts.

Following his graduation from Brown with a degree in both Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management, Stirling began his professional hockey career with the Trenton. In his rookie season, Stirling played in 48 games and posted a 2.14 GAA, a .922 save percentage, and a 32-10-3 record, en route to ECHL Goalie of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and First Team All-ECHL honors, while leading Trenton to the Kelly Cup finals.

After spending the 2001-02 season in the ECHL, mostly with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Stirling split time during the 2002-03 season in the AHL (Worcester Ice Cats & Bridgeport Sound Tigers) and the ECHL (Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies). In 10 games with the Sound Tigers, Stirling posted a 2.41 GAA and a .918 save percentage to go along with an 8-2-0 record. Stirling was back with Atlantic City for the playoffs, where he helped to lead the Boardwalk Bullies to the 2003 Kelly Cup Championship.

He had his most successful season in the ECHL in 2004, earning ECHL MVP honors, Goalie of the Year, and First Team All-ECHL recognition, posting a 1.91 GAA and a .933 save percentage in 49 games (31-13-5) with Atlantic City.

Following the 2004 season, Stirling spent time in the ECHL (Trenton and Fresno Falcons), and the AHL (San Antonio Rampage), before concluding his professional career in the Norwegian Elite Hockey League (Valerenga Ice Hockey Club).

Nominations were accepted through ECHL.com during the month of September and voting was conducted throughout October. In order to be eligible for the All-Decade Team, players or coaches must have made a significant impact on the ECHL from 2000 through 2010. An individual must have played or coached in parts of at least four seasons from the 2000-01 season through the 2009-10 season to be eligible for the All-Decade Team. Only those accomplishments, statistics, awards, honors and achievements earned during ECHL play are taken into account for the All-Decade Team.

Complete All-Decade Team:

Forwards: Scott Bertoli (Trenton, 2000-07); Luke Curtin (Atlantic City, 2001-05 and 

Barret Ehgoetz (Utah, 2005-06 and Cincinnati, 2006-present); Marty Flichel (Idaho, 2004-present); Wes Goldie (Pee Dee, 2000-04; Victoria, 2006-10 and Alaska, 2010-present); Randy Rowe (Peoria, 2001-05; Johnstown. 2005-09; Charlotte, 2009-10 and Toledo, 2010-present)

Defensemen : Darrell Hay (Florida, 2000-01; Columbia, 2001-03 and Idaho, 2003-05 and 2006-09); Peter Metcalf (Atlantic City, 2002-03; Trenton, 2003-04; Idaho, 2004-05; Alaska, 2005-08 and Florida, 2008-10); Matt Shasby (Columbus, 2003-04; Long Beach, 2004-05 and Alaska, 2005-09); Chad Starling (Peoria, 2001-05; Utah, 2005-06; Cincinnati, 2006-08 and Ontario, 2008-present)

Goaltenders: Marc Magliarditi (Florida, 2000-01; Louisiana, 2001-02; Richmond, 2002-03 and Las Vegas, 2003-07); Scott Stirling (Trenton, 2000-01 and 2005-06; Peoria, 2001-02; Atlantic City, 2001-04 and Fresno, 2006-07)

Coach: Davis Payne (Pee Dee, 2000-03 and Alaska, 2003-07).