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Chad Alban
Born (1976-04-27)April 27, 1976,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Shoots Right
Playing career 1991–2009

Chad Alban is a retired professional ice hockey player.

Career

Alban started his college career at Michigan State in 1994. He became the starter in his sophomore season and held the job for the next three years. Alban's senior season saw the goaltender post program records in most goaltending categories including goals against average (1.57), save percentage (.926), shutouts (6) and was one win behind Jason Muzzatti for the most in team history.[1] Alban became just the fourth college goaltender to be credited with a goal near the end of the season but he was the first to have actually shot the puck on goal. He led the Spartans to their first conference championship in eight years and allowed only five goals in four games as MSU won the CCHA Tournament.[2] Unfortunately, in the first game of the NCAA Tournament, the team they defeated for the conference crown (Ohio State) won 4–3 in overtime, ending Alban's college career. As of 2020 Alban is still the career leader in wins for the Spartans. He finished as the runner up to Chris Drury for the 1998 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the best college player.

Alban played minor league hockey for several teams over the next few years and was eventually signed to a contract by the Dallas Stars. While he stayed mostly with the Utah Grizzlies, Alban was called up twice to serve as a backup, riding the bench for three games in the early 2000's.[3] Because he did not play in the games he isn't considered an NHL player. After leaving the Stars organization, he joined the Kalamazoo Wings for three years before heading to Russia and played in the Russian Super League for two seasons. Alban ended his playing career in 2009 after two more years with the Flint Generals.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1991–92 Kalamazoo Jr. Wings NAHL
1992–93 Kalamazoo Jr. Wings NAHL
1994–95 Michigan State CCHA 13 8 2 0 637 29 0 2.73 .893
1995–96 Michigan State CCHA 40 26 13 1 2,286 117 3 3.07 .876
1996–97 Michigan State CCHA 39 23 11 4 2,272 103 3 2.72 .894
1997–98 Michigan State CCHA 40 31 4 5 2,438 64 6 1.57 .926
1998–99 Mobile Mysticks ECHL 34 16 14 3 1,960 111 1 3.40 .902 2 0 2 119 9 0 4.54 .897
1998–99 Houston Aeros IHL 5 1 3 1 284 14 0 2.95 .898
1999–00 Mobile Mysticks ECHL 39 25 13 1 2,334 114 0 2.93 .914 5 2 3 299 20 0 4.01 .900
1999–00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 1 0 1 0 35 3 0 5.16 .813
2000–01 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 20 14 5 1 1,121 56 1 3.00 .900 10
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 3 2 1 0 180 4 1 1.33 .953
2000–01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 11 2 4 4 597 23 0 2.31 .926
2001–02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 42 17 15 1 2,103 103 2 2.94 .908
2002–03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 1 0 0 77 3 0 2.34 .893
2002–03 Kalamazoo Wings UHL 54 21 25 5 3,084 175 1 3.40 .896
2003–04 Kalamazoo Wings UHL 54 34 13 16 3,200 122 8 2.29 .913 5
2004–05 Kalamazoo Wings UHL 54 33 16 5 3,227 132 2 2.45 .907 3
2005–06 HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 16 850 29 2 2.05 .909 5
2006–07 Traktor Chelyabinsk RSL 11 646 31 0 2.88
2007–08 Flint Generals IHL 14 9 3 2 799 33 1 2.48 .927 5 1 4 318 19 0 3.59 .894
2008–09 Flint Generals IHL 51 15 29 6 2,927 213 1 4.36 .882
NCAA totals 132 88 30 10 7,633 313 12 2.46 .8997
UHL/IHL totals 227 112 86 34 13,237 675 13 3.06 .900 13

Awards and honors

Award Year
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1997 [4]
All-CCHA First Team 1997–98 [5]
AHCA East First Team All-American 1997–98 [6]

References

  1. "Michigan State Spartans 2018-19 ice hockey media guide", Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved on April 19, 2020. 
  2. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 
  3. "Chad Alban". Retrieved on April 19, 2020. 
  4. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide", ISSUU.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 
  5. "All-CCHA Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-27. 
  6. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners", NCAA.org. Retrieved on June 11, 2013. 

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brendan Morrison
CCHA Player of the Year
1997–98
Succeeded by
Mike York
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