TOLEDO, OH – It’s not every day you can sign the best goaltender in your franchise’s history after a half-season away. But that happened in Toledo this morning, as Jeff Lerg returned to the shores of Lake Erie after a stint in Denmark.
When Lerg originally left the Walleye organization, he said he had done as much as he could at this level of hockey and wanted to play at the highest pro level. In 23 games with Rungsted Seier Capital in the Denmark Hockey League, Lerg had a 2.59 goals against average.
He returns to Toledo after backstopping the Walleye to a Brabham Cup title in 2014-15 and winning consecutive Eastern Conference regular season titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Over his two seasons with the Walleye, Lerg owns Walleye records for appearances (86), wins (60), saves (2,298), shutouts (7), goals against average (2.25), save percentage (.923), and minutes played (5,089). In back to back years he was named to the All-ECHL second team.
Lerg finished a tremendous 2014-15 season with a Walleye record 32 wins, to go along with a 2.37 goals against average and a Walleye best .920 save percentage. His four shutouts and 45 appearances that season are also Toledo Walleye records.
Lerg spent three seasons playing in France and Italy before joining Toledo in 2014 with a goals against average of 3.32 with a save percentage of .910 in 2013-14 while between the pipes for Villard-de-Lans in France and was named French League “Best Goaltender”. He has also played a full season the ECHL with Trenton in 2010-11 season in which he appeared in 27 games with a 12-12-1 record, a 3.15 GAA and a .903 SVP.
He will split time with Jake Paterson, who is currently having his best as a professional, with a 20-6-1 record, a 2.63 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
The Walleye will take on the Rapid City Rush tonight at 7:05 pm ET at Huntington Center.