Today, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman won the NHL top GM award. The Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, kept busy with signings. Today they re-signed their goaltender Allen York.
“Allen has established himself as a player that can compete and help us win games at the AHL level, has done well every time he’s come in,” said Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois on Syracuse.com “We’re happy we can count on his services for another season.”
York hasn’t played a ton since being in the American Hockey League with the Crunch. He went 2-3-1 last season with a 3.26 goals against average.
Most of York’s professional hockey experience has come in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades. He played much better at that level, posting a record of 17-5-3 and a 2.63 goals against average.
York was a leader for an Everblades team that had a highly competitive season. In the Kelly Cup playoffs, where Florida fell to division rivals the South Carolina Stingrays, he stepped up even more. He had a 2.50 goals against and a save percentage of .903 and a 4-3-0 record in the post season.
York has been somewhat of a journeyman in minor league hockey. Before settling in with Syracuse and Florida, he bounced around with stops with the Springfield Falcons, Charlotte Checkers, Texas Stars, and Rockford Ice Hogs. He also played with the Evansville Icemen in the ECHL.
His career goals against in the AHL is 2.66 and in his 48 career games his record is 23-15-4. York has limited NHL experience, playing a few games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-2012. He went 3-2 in those games.
York will more than likely spend most of next season with the Everblades, and would be considered the third string goalie for the Crunch. Ahead of him on the depth chart are Kristers Gudlevskis and Adam Wilcox.
York was drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2007. He was a sixth round selection and the 158th pick overall, drafted out of Rochester Polytechnic where he went 37-34-4.