One thing that Manchester were criticised for in the 2017-2018 season was their goalkeeping, specifically the way that our goalkeeper seemed to always be at the centre of nets that had a tendency to move…
Maybe they were haunted?
Mike Clemente retired in the off-season and plenty of people were glad to see him gone. Not me, I thought he was a wonderful bloke with some truly magnificent hair. Clemente held a respectable 90% save percentage while at the Storm and that’s a big set of shoes to fill.
Manchester left their number 1 goalkeeper position vacant for a while, making us loyal Storm fans sweat as we waited to see who our new man between the sticks would be.
That man is 27-year old Canadian, Matt Ginn.
Coming over to the EIHL after 3 seasons with the Atlanta Gladiators, Ginn has maintained a 90% save percentage throughout his time in North America and has a modest 3.81GAA in his last season with Atlanta who barely scraped into the playoffs with a 32-35 record.
So I wouldn’t read too much into those statistics just yet.
Standing at 5’11” and weighing 176lbs it certainly seems that Ginn will be rapid between the sticks (Clemente was 6’1″ 205lbs)
Coach Ryan Finnerty seems confident they got their main man:
“We did a lot of work to sign Ginn. I was fortunate enough to be able to rely on a close network, who have either played or coached with Matt recently. We are confident in his ability to lead us this year”
And Ginn himself is definitely hyped for the new season ahead:
“I’m really thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester Storm. I have heard only great things about the team, coaches, fans and the city as a whole. I can’t wait to get the season started and hopefully help raise a championship trophy at the end of the season”
The Manchester Storm will also be breaking a tradition they have kept since the team reformed I’m 2015 by letting the goalie wear #1, it has been an ongoing thing at the Storm where the goalie has suited up into the #40, here’s hoping the change is for the better.
Here’s to the new guy, welcome aboard Matt!
For those of you that play NHL on
your home consoles their is a Matt Gunn card available. He is a silver and is rated 72.