Goaltending has been a huge disappointment for the Stars this year. Coming into the season, Nick Hopper was set to be their go to guy, but he has yet to be consistently successful. Perhaps another goalie in camp is just what the doctor ordered for the Lincoln goalies at this point.
John Griggs can't begin to thank the Dubuque ThunderBirds enough for the opportunity he will receive next week.
Griggs, who leads Central States Hockey League goaltenders in four main statistical categories, earned a three-day tryout with the Lincoln Stars of the Tier I United States Hockey League. He will be available to the ThunderBirds for this weekend's home games against Quad City and St. Louis.
"The biggest reason I'm getting this opportunity is the guys around me," Griggs said. "They're a huge reason I have the numbers I have, and they're the reason we're 15-0-0-1. I can't say enough about Coach (Joe) Coombs. He's so connected in the hockey world, and he's helped me a lot."
Griggs, one of the ThunderBirds' biggest stars during their run to the CSHL's Hurster Cup playoff championship and a berth in the National semifinals last season, leads the CSHL with an 8-0-0-1 record, 1.69 goals against average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts.
"I'm delighted for Johnny. I couldn't be happier," Coombs said. "He's a fantastic young man, and I'm glad he's getting a shot at the USHL. It's obviously a good reflection on our organization to have people in a league like the USHL looking at our players."
Coombs delivered the news to Griggs on Wednesday evening after speaking with the Stars coaching staff.
"I was speechless," Griggs said. "I had a smile on my face from ear to ear. Right now, I'm just trying to take it all in. I know I still have a lot of work to do.
"I'm going to go into it with the right frame of mind. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself. But I am going to work as hard as I can and not give them a reason to cut me."
Article courtesy of the Telegraph Herald.