Rockford, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Jake Hildebrand on a one-year AHL contract.
Hildebrand, 22, completed a four-year collegiate career at Michigan State University last season, posting a career record of 45-70-14 with a 2.54 GAA and .921 save percentage. He was named the Team MVP for each of his four seasons (2012-16) with the Spartans, becoming the first four-time Team MVP in Michigan State hockey history. Hildebrand played in every game for the past two campaigns, and in 2015-16 he recorded 1,046 saves – the fifth most in MSU history.
Along with his team accolades, Hildebrand was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year in 2014-15 when he tied for the most shutouts in the nation (6) and finished with a 2.18 GAA and .930 save percentage. He also earned First-Team All-American and Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014-15.
A native of Butler, Penn., Hildebrand joined the Allen Americans in time for their run to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup and went 3-2 with a 3.49 GAA and .894 save percentage in eight appearances. He appeared in three games in the Kelly Cup Final, helping Allen defeat the Wheeling Nailers four games to two.
Season Tickets for 2016-17 on Sale Now: Don’t miss a moment of the action by reserving your seats for the IceHogs 18th season of professional hockey and 10th as the top AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Please contact us at (815) 847-6399 or by visiting icehogs.com to claim your spots for this upcoming season.