NAHL Alexandria Blizzard goaltender Chris Kamal (5ft 10in 180lbs, April 3rd 1989) has committed to play at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in the fall of 2010. With Bryce Christianson's decision to give the pro route a try, the Seawolves have quickly moved to fill the roster hole. And from what I'm seeing it's a pretty interesting story at least.
Kamal comes from the Alpharetta, Georgia. He spent two years (06/07 and 07/08) in the EJHL with the Green Mountain Glades. He played in 25 games as a 17 year old winning 9 and losing 14 with a 3.06gaa and a .902 save %. The Glades won 18-2-5-2 games that season and finished 6th in the 7 team Northern Division. In his 2nd season with the Glades he played 26 games and went 4-15-4-2; his season save percentage was .891 with a gaa of 3.65. The Glades finished with an 11-26-6-2 record.
Following that season Chris suffered a serious leg break when he was pinned against a dumpster. He didn't play hockey during the 08/09 season rehabbing. But then in July of 09 Chris was invited attend the Atlanta Thrashers prospect camp; Chris' father is long time play-by-play voice of the Thrashers . Here's a link to the Thrasher's official blog saying he stole the show at the final scimmage.
Bill Tiller of the Ice Man fan blog spoke with his father during the prospect camp;
When I caught up with Dan last week during the Thrashers prospect camp, he was keeping an eye one particular player of interest…his son Chris Kamal, a goalie. I asked him how Chris was playing and how his recovery was coming along.
“I’m very proud of the way that he has reacted to the adversity”, said Kamal. “He had come off a very strong year in his first season in junior hockey…and was looking forward to his second year when he had a freak off-ice injury and suffered a complicated break of his tibia and fibula…and it cost him the whole ‘08-’09 season”.
But, according to the senior Kamal, he’s been up to playing speed since February and is in “the best shape of his life and playing the best hockey of his life…but now he needs to catch a break” in trying to land a position on a junior hockey team.
Chris then got a tryout with the Blizzard and so far this season has been stellar for them. He was named NAHL Goalie of the Week on at least two different occassions. His save percentage for the regular season was .917 in 38 games. His record was 21-11-3-1 with a 2.5 goals against average. Alexandria finished with a record of 30-22-6 for 3rd place in the Central Division. He was also named to the 2010 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
All in all I find it to be a pretty cool story. And my intuition is telling me that Chris Kamal could turn out to be a nice find. Here's a real positive profile from the NAHL website on March 30th. And here's the link to the NAHL's announcement today.
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