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Detroit Red Wings reassign Boyle and Fulcher

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by Kyle Kujawa,

Boyle joins the taxi team when Fulcher returns to Griffins’

Detroit Red Wings: DETROIT (April 26, 2021)

The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goalkeeper Kevin Boyle to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins taxi squad and goalkeeper Kaden Fulcher to the taxi squad’s Griffins.

The 28-year-old Boyle has set a 5-2-1 record in nine games with Grand Rapids this season, 2.84 goals against the average and a saving of 0.886 percent. The Netminder signed with Detroit this off-season after serving four seasons with the Anaheim Ducks organization. He played 20 games for his AHL partner, the San Diego Gulls, in 2019-20, hitting a 9-7-2 record, 2.82 goals against average and 0.911 percent fewer. In 126 career AHL games, Boyle has a record 67-40-11, 2.72 goals against average, a saving of 0.913 percent and two failures. The 6-foot-1,195-pound netminder shutout on his first NHL start with Anaheim on February 13, 2019, stopping all 35 shots he had against the Vancouver Canucks. In five NHL appearances in his career, Boyle is with 2.17 goals against the average and a saving of 0.928 percent at 1: 3: 0.

Originally signed by Anaheim as an unoccupied free agent in March 2016, Boyle spent two college seasons at the University of Massachusetts from 2011 to 2013 before joining UMass-Lowell for his final two seasons (2014-16). Boyle ended his senior season with the “Hockey East Goaltender of the Year” and “Player of the Year” awards and was the Most Valuable Player of the Conference Tournament Games. The New Jersey native Manalapan was previously an all-rookie team in the British Columbia Hockey League after setting a 20-16-1 record with the Westside Warriors in 2010-11.

The 22-year-old Fulcher is in his third professional season after being restricted to two games due to injury in the 2019-20 season with Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. Fulcher has played two games with the Griffins this season, making his season and AHL debut on Saturday against Iowa in his first game action at all levels since January 4, 2020 with Toledo. 1 win against Cleveland. In two games with Grand Rapids he has a 1-0-1 record, 2.46 goals against the average and a saving of 0.912 percent. The Netminder appeared in 30 games with the Walleye in his first two professional seasons and scored a 15-9-6 record, 3.17 goals against average, a saving of 0.894 percent and a shutout. Fulcher made his NHL debut in the relief service during the Red Wings season finals on April 6, 2019 against Buffalo and scored nine saves from eleven shots on goal.

Fulcher, signed by the Red Wings as an unoccupied free agent on October 3, 2017, was a 2018 Ontario Hockey League champion with the Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring a record 57-44-13, 3.19 goals against the Average, 0.893 percent fewer, and five shutouts in 115 OHL games from 2015 to 18. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound netminder was also named the Most Outstanding Goalkeeper at the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup, after scoring four at the 2018 tournament Games had scored 2.27 goals against the average and had saved 0.918 percent.

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