AHL goalie breaks 55-year-old record

  • Arun Morace

Barry Brust, goalie for the Abbotsford Heat, and new member of the AHL record books. Photo Credit: Steve Bosch, Vancouver Sun

Today, Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust broke the AHL record for longest shutout streak, besting the mark of Johnny Bower, which had stood for the past 55 years.

Brust’s mark extended to 268 minutes and 17 seconds before he allowed a goal at the 16:36 mark of the second period  during the Heat’s game against the San Antonio Rampage today. The previous record was 249 minutes, 51 seconds, which Bower set as a member of the now-defunct Cleveland Barons back in 1957.

Brust’s streak extended across five games, the first of which he allowed only one goal in the first period. Then came three straight shutouts, and almost two scoreless periods in the fifth game before the streak was broken by Rampage forward James Wright.

So, who is Barry Brust? He’s a 29-year-old goaltender who’s spent all of 11 games in the NHL. He was originally drafted in the third round of the 2002 draft by the Minnesota Wild, but he never played a minute for them. He first broke into the NHL as a member of the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006-07 season, playing in 11 games while registering a 2-4-1 record with a .878 save percentage and a 3.70 goals-against average. Not impressive numbers at all, and he spent the next few years bouncing around the AHL, ECHL, and finally the German Ice Hockey League (DEL).

This past year, he latched on with the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. The rest, as they say, is now history. Congratulations to Barry Brust for setting the AHL’s all-time shutout streak record.

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