CINCINNATI, OH – The 2016-17 roster increased to 11 today as the Cyclones announced the addition of a goaltender with some bling to his name in Joel Rumpel, who has spent the parts of the past two seasons in the ECHL with the Allen Americans. Rumpel helped play a role in both of their back-to-back Kelly Cup Championship runs in 2015 and 2016.
Rumpel joined the Americans in the latter portion of the 2014-2015 campaign after completing a four year collegiate career with the University of Wisconsin Badgers. In his short time with Allen, he appeared in four regular season games putting together a 3-0-0-1 record, and appeared in seven playoff games compiling a 3-2-0 record, helping the Americans win their first Kelly Cup. While a Badger, he compiled a record of 53-50-11 with a 2.51 goals against average to go along with a 0.918 save percentage. He helped the Badgers land a WCHA Final Five Tournament Championship in 2013, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014, and a Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2014.
His freshman year, he was a three-time WCHA freshman of the week, while also setting a Wisconsin freshman record for with three shutouts. His sophmore year in 2012-2013, he was named to the WCHA Final Five All-Tournament and the NCAA All-Academic teams, while leading the WCHA with a .929 save percentage. The Swift Current, SK, native was named as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate player, and the Mike Richter Award, presented to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate goaltender during his junior year in the 2013-2014 season. He was as well named to the All-Big Ten Second-Team.
Entering his first full season as a professional in 2015-2016, he signed an AHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda, only playing in two contests with the Barracuda, while spending the bulk of the season in Allen. He posted a 1-0-1 record in San Jose, to go along with a 2.51 GAA, and a 0.881 save percentage. With Allen, he posted a 21-11-4 record to go along with 2.81 GAA, and a 0.907 save percentage. His 21 wins ranked him eight among ECHL goaltending leaders on the season. During the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Rumpel appeared in three games, earning a 1-0-1 record, a 3.22 GAA, and a 0.853 SV%, helping the Americans win their second straight Kelly Cup.
From the Cyclones Official Release, Head Coach Matt Macdonald stated “Joel is a big, skilled goalie who is coming off of two successful runs in the ECHL that has resulted in him winning back-to-back Kelly Cup championships. We know Joel brings a lot on the ice as well as a high character which will reflect in our locker room and in our community.”
This now creates a lot of competition come training camp as it would appear four goalies will be in camp with the Cyclones. With two free agent goalies signed with Cincinnati in Rumpel, and Steve Racine, the Cyclones are also expecting two goalies from the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. Brandon Whitney will be returning to Cincinnati for his second pro season, along with a yet-to-be named goaltender. Both rookie Jonas Gunnarsson and Mark Visentin will be competing to back-up Juuse Saros in Milwaukee. It’ll come down to whoever has a better AHL training camp, with the lesser goaltender being sent down to Cincinnati.
Since the Cyclones carried three goalies last season, my guess is things will be no different this season with one of the ECHL contracted goalies not making it out of training camp to make room for the two AHL contracted goalies.
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.