Robinson and Fullerton Bring Championship Experience to Elmira
ELMIRA, N.Y. - July 29, 2014 - The Elmira Jackals, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today that goaltenders Josh Robinson and Travis Fullerton have signed Standard Player Contracts for the 2014-2015 season.
"Josh is an ultra-competitive goaltender who battles hard and finds a way to win games," said Jackals head coach Jamie Russell. "I had the pleasure of coaching Josh at Michigan Tech and am looking forward to helping him develop into one of the top goalies in the ECHL."
Robinson, 24, brings championship experience with him to Elmira. Last season, Robinson split time with the Idaho Steelheads and the Calder Cup champion Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. He posted a 6-6-0 record with a 3.30 goals-against-average and a .882 save percentage in 15 games with the Stars. The 6-foot-0 185-pound netminder also went 13-7-1 with a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in 23 games for the Steelheads. Robinson manned the pipes for Idaho's playoff run this past season, which ended at the hands of the eventual Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces. In nine playoff games he posted a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .943 save percentage. Last season was Robinson's second year with the Steelheads. In 2012-13, as a rookie, Robinson recorded a 27-8-4 mark with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage in 39 games. He also logged a 2.50 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage in 13 playoff contests with Idaho.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Jackals organization," said Robinson. "With the new players and staff in place for this season, I am really looking forward to being a big part of trying to bring the Kelly Cup to Elmira."
Prior to turning pro, Robinson played under Coach Russell for three of his four seasons (2008-2011) at Michigan Tech. During his senior season, he went 15-14-4 with a 2.83 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage. Overall, throughout his four-year career at Michigan Tech, Robinson appeared in 90 games and posted a 21-47-8 record with a 3.56 goals-against-average and an .893 save percentage.
Fullerton, 26, joins the Jackals after spending last season with the Las Vegas Wranglers. The workhorse netminder appeared in 45 games last year, which was tied for the league-lead among goaltenders. Fullerton also played 2612 minutes last season, which was the third-most minutes played in the ECHL. He finished the season with a 14-22-6 record, a 3.26 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage. Fullerton joins Matt Tassone as the second Wrangler from their 2013-14 team to join the Jackals. The Riverview, NB native also played in two contests with the San Fransisco Bulls at the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign. He posted a 0-0-1 record with a 1.59 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage.
"Travis is a warrior between the pipes," said Russell. "He possesses a tremendous work ethic and displays his will to win each and every night. Travis and Josh will push each other for the starting job, which will create a competitive atmosphere throughout the season."
Prior to turning pro, Fullerton competed for five seasons at the University of New Brunswick in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Fullerton played with recent Jackals signing, Thomas Nesbitt, for two seasons with the Varsity Reds. In his CIS career Fullerton compiled a record of 60-13-0 with a 1.87 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage. He backstopped the University of New Brunswick to University Cup championships in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
"I couldn't be more happy to be joining the Jackals for the upcoming season," said Fullerton. "I am excited to meet my teammates and enjoy a great season in Elmira."
Fullerton played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before attending the University of New Brunswick. He logged time with the Lewiston MAINEiacs and the Saint John Sea Dogs. Fullerton racked up a 41-46-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage in 95 QMJHL games.
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