Andrew Penner Back with Eagles for Third Season


Eagles, Penner Pals for Third Year in a Row


WINDSOR, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles announced today that goaltender Andrew Penner has signed with the team for the third year in a row. The franchise's all-time leader in wins is the fourth netminder signed for the team's upcoming preseason camp in Northern Colorado where he's made a name for himself both through his on-ice play and his off-ice community involvement.

Among goalies to play at least 32 games for the Eagles, Penner ranks among the top five on the franchise's list in all major goaltending categories: games played (75, 1st), wins (52, 1st), saves (2,074, 1st), shutouts (3, 4th), goals-against average (2.82, 5th) and save percentage (.910, 5th). He also holds the second-longest winning streak in team history at 11 games (behind only the 13-game streak of Tyler Weiman, now playing in the NHL).

Penner's best season with Colorado came in 2008-09 when he rode that 11-game streak -- among 97 days between regulation losses -- while going 30-6-3 with a 2.69 GAA and a .915 SV% on the year. That performance earned him a first-place tie in voting by his peers as the CHL's best goaltender (in the league's annual "Best of the Best" poll).

The Simcoe, Ontario native has also won the hearts of Eagles fans off the ice through his charitable work. In his first season in Northern Colorado, Penner -- whose mother overcame breast cancer -- wore a goalie mask with a pink ribbon paint job that was auctioned off after the season with proceeds benefiting the cause.

Last year, the 6-foot-2-inch, 219-pound certified fitness trainer continued to show his softer side by enhancing the team's Johnson's Corner Blades for Grades program by incorporating a "Penner's Pals" initiative. The program rewards local students who are chosen by their teachers for their work in the classroom by treating them to a night in one of the suites at an Eagles game; after the game, the kids were escorted down to ice level where they got to meet Penner and get his autograph.




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