No. 9: Michael Leighton Sets A Record
Chicago’s minor league affiliate in the AHL, the Rockford IceHogs, is often overlooked unless someone on the Blackhawks’ roster is injured. But we should give these guys a fair shake when they do something good. After all, the AHL is the last step before the NHL. It’s high-quality hockey.
Now-former IceHogs goaltender Michael Leighton achieved a nice personal milestone on March 5 of this year, recording his 46th regular-season shutout in the AHL. That made him the sole holder of the league’s all-time shutouts record.
Leighton almost won a Stanley Cup with the Philadelphia Flyers (against the Chicago Blackhawks) in 2010 and has spent time in and out of the NHL since the 2002-03 season, but the now-Carolina Hurricanes netminder certainly had to be proud of etching his name in pro hockey history, and Blackhawks fans should be proud of him for it.