Maine Hockey Journal

Ducks assign goalie to Portland

Portland, ME – The Pirates are getting some relief in net. The Ducks announced today that they’ve assigned goaltender Gerald Coleman to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Anaheim needed to get below the 23-man roster limit before 2pm today as all 30 NHL teams needed to finalize their rosters, the NHL gave the Ducks and Kings permission to carry an extra player. Coleman was with the Ducks while they were in England for NHL Premiere, the league’s venture overseas.

Coleman, 22 (3/3/85), appeared in two preseason games for the Ducks last month, posting a 1-0-0 record with a 1.00 GAA and .963 SV%. In 60 minutes of exhibition play, he turned away 26-of-27 shots and picked up a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 15 at Staples Center.

Acquired from Tampa Bay with a first-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Shane O’Brien and a third-round pick in the 2007 Draft on Feb. 27, 2007, Coleman played in 11 games for Portland last season. He earned four victories with a 2.89 GAA and .907 SV% with the Pirates.

Coleman will be counted on to provide the Pirates with solid goaltending this season. The Pirates currently have JP Levasseur and Bobby Goepfert, both playing in their first season of professional hockey. Coleman will bridge the gap between the pipes for the Pirates until J.S. Giguere is healthy enough to return to the Ducks line up and Jonas Hiller is assigned to Portland. Giguere has been skating on his own and could return to the Ducks within two weeks.

Pirates return to the ice tomorrow from 9am – 11am as training camp comes to a close. The Pirates will make final cuts to the roster after practice.

The season gets underway for the Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday October 5th versus the Springfield Falcons (Edmonton). Game time is 7:05pm. The Stanley Cup will be on display at the Civic Center.

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