Mike Poulin has been named the 2012 NLL Goaltender of the Year.
The National Lacrosse League announced today that Calgary Roughnecks netminder Mike Poulin has been named the 2012 Goaltender of the Year, marking the first time a Roughnecks goaltender has received this honour.
“So many great goaltenders have come through the Roughnecks organization,” commented Poulin. “To receive recognition for the season we had as a team defensively feels great. This is definitely an award that goes out to the entire defensive unit.”
Poulin, 26, finished the 2012 regular season with a 10-3 record, sharing the league lead in wins. This season the Kitchener, Ontario native posted a 10.27 goals-against average and .789 save percentage, allowing 130 goals on 616 shots-against in 759 minutes played. Poulin joined the Roughnecks in 2010 following a trade with the Boston Blazers.
"As an organization we are extremely proud that Mike has been recognized by the governors, general managers and coaches throughout the league for his terrific performance this season,” said Calgary Roughnecks General Manager Mike Board. “Mike is a young, athletic goalie and an integral part of our team. He is a leader on and off the floor and a mentor to his teammates.”
Poulin has dressed for 92 career games in the NLL and has an all-time record of 27-16. The Roughnecks finished the regular season, matching a franchise best of 12-4.
"Looking back on the year, I am extemely proud to have been a member of this team," added Poulin.
Poulin captured the honour despite missing a pair of regular season matchups due to an upper body injury.
"This is the first season where I've missed games because of an injury," commented Poulin. "I have never even missed a practise before, so I'm already looking forward to training for next year."