Today, the Express have announced that they have signed goaltender Rob Nolan from the Missouri Mavericks.
Nolan comes off the best season of his career, playing in 44 games and posting a 26-13-5 record. He had a 2.07 GAA and a save percentage of .928. earning the award for Most Outstanding Goalie in the CHL, along with being named to the All-CHL Team and the CHL All-Star Game. He started his career with the Flint Generals in the IHL in 2009-2010, and before then, played for four years at Michigan Tech. (Interesting note: Nolan and Blackhawks’ defenseman John Scott were teammates at Michigan Tech in 2005-06.)
Here’s what Express coach Steve Martinson had to say about this signing:
“It’s great to get a young, hungry goalie that has had success at the professional level. Our goaltending will be rock solid.”
It was mostly quiet on the Express front until today’s signing as the NHL geared up for training camp, but the team did make two important hires — athletic trainer Mike Schroeder and equipment manager Brian Schmidt.
Mike Schroeder comes from the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he was the head athletic trainer for the past two years. Before that, he was the head athletic trainer for IHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks for a year. He is native of Lombard, IL, and a graduate of Purdue University and Michigan State University. He s a licensed Athletic Trainer in Illinois and is currently employed by AthletiCo.
Brian Schmidt will be going to his fourth year as an equipment manager. All four years has been spent at least in part with the Express’ Head Coach, Steve Martinson. He helped the first iteration of the Rockford IceHogs of the IHL win the Colonial Cup championship, where Martinson coached. (Fun fact: the IceHogs owner at that time? Current Express owner Craig Drecktrah.) He moved to the Bloomington PrairieThunder for six months the following season before being reunited with Martinson on the Elmira Jackals. He is a native of Detroit, MI and a graduate of University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he also played hockey for four years.
The Chicago Express home opener is Saturday, October 22 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Make sure you get your tickets today!