Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Brahmas land Silverthorn...finally!

Former Colgate University net minder set to don the purple and black

The Texas Brahmas confirmed yesterday that Steve Silverthorn has signed on for the 2011-12 campaign.

Silverthorn, 30, is an alumni of Dan Wildfong's alma mater, Colgate University. In four seasons with the Raiders, Silverthorn had a record of 55-30-9 in 100 games played.

Silverthorn went pro in 2005-06 and signed with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), where he spent the next three seasons. In 121 games, Silverthorn amassed a 68-37-14 record, including 10 shutouts. Silverthorn contributed to the Steelheads' Kelly Cup Championship in 2007 with 16 wins and 1,388 minutes played, earning him the Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP.

Silverthorn was called up to the Iowa Stars (AHL) for 13 games between 2006-08. He had an overall record of 4-6-0 with the Stars. In his first AHL game, he stopped all 32 shots for a shutout, only to be followed by a second shutout the following night. The back-to-back shutouts were the Stars’ first in franchise history. Silverthorn also holds the Stars' record for longest shutout sequence at 128:25 minutes.

In 2008, Silverthorn was being pursued for the Brahmas' net but opted instead to sign in Germany with Bad Toelz EC in the Bavarian Landesliga. He had 33 wins in 45 games, including four shutouts.

Silverthorn spent the next two seasons with Schwenningen ERC, playing in the 2.Bundesliga, which is the second highest German league. There, he posted an outstanding 60-24-0 record with 10 shutouts.

Head coach Dan Wildfong is looking forward to having the veteran net minder on his roster this season.

“With this signing, the Brahmas will have stability and strength between the pipes. Steve is a proven successful goalie, and we believe he has what it takes to put the Brahmas back on top in the CHL,” Wildfong said.

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