Apr 3, 2017

AHL Club Releases Motte and Zajac

DES MOINES, IA – Minnesota General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced on Monday the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned goalie Alex Stalock to the Iowa Wild, Minnesota’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. In addition, Iowa Wild General Manager Brent Flahr on Monday announced the AHL club has released goalie CJ Motte and defenseman Nolan Zajac from professional tryout agreements (PTO).

Stalock, 29 (7/28/87), was recalled by Minnesota on March 29 and went 1-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average (GAA) and a .944 save percentage (SV%) in two starts with the Wild. He is 20-16-7 with a 2.31 GAA, a .924 SV% and four shutouts in 45 games with Iowa in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. Stalock ranks T-4th in the AHL in shutouts, T-5th in SV%, seventh in minutes played and T-9th in GAA. He is 25-20-7 with a 2.34 GAA, a .912 SV% and four shutouts in 64 career NHL games during six seasons with San Jose and Minnesota.

Zajac, 24 (8/1/92), played in five games for Iowa while picking up three assists. At the time of his signing, he was in his rookie season, playing the majority of this season with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. He placed fourth overall in the ECHL for points by a defenseman with 47 in 58 games played. Zajac leads all Toledo defenders in points and places sixth best on the team in scoring. The Winnipeg, MB native has also suited up in a total of four AHL games for Hershey and Manitoba, scoring a goal and setting up another. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder played at the University of Denver from 2012-16, suiting up in a total of 160 games. During his time with the Pioneers, Zajac scored 19 goals and added 76 assists for 95 points for his collegiate career.

Motte, 25 (12/10/91), did not appear in his stint with Iowa. He is a second year pro that spent training camp with the Iowa Wild in fall of 2016 prior to signing with the Wild’s affiliate in Quad City. In 35 games for the Mallards this season, Motte is 20-10-0 with a 2.64 GAA and a .917 SV %. He also made two appearances with Charlotte in the AHL, going 1-0-0 with a 0.75 GAA and a .976 SV %. Mott has played in six AHL games over the course of his young career, going 2-2-1 with a 2.05 GAA and a .933 SV %. The 6-foot, 175-pound goalie attended Ferris State University from 2011-15. In 127 NCAA appearances, Motte went 66-49-12 with a 2.13 GAA and a .926 SV%.

Iowa welcomes Cleveland to Wells Fargo Arena at 7 PM this Tuesday. It’s a kids eat free night sponsored by 96.5 Country and Goodhue Nolte Insurance. All kids 12 years of age and younger eat for free with (1) Crash’s Kids Meal. The meal includes one hotdog, one soda, one popcorn, one fruit snack and an Iowa Wild prize. Fans may also bring in their Subway receipt to purchase a ticket for only $5.

Iowa welcomes the Rockford IceHogs to Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, April 6 at 7 PM. There is a career fair at the game. Fans may bring in their Subway receipt to purchase a ticket for only $5.

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