South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner has been named to the All-ECHL First Team for the 2017-18 season as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media. The full team as announced by the ECHL is listed below.
Milner leads the ECHL with a 1.88 goals-against average, ranks third with a .929 save percentage, is tied for third with 26 wins and is also tied for fifth with three shutouts during the 2017-18 season. It is the first time the goaltender, who is in his fifth professional season, has been honored as a member of an All-ECHL team.
Milner is on an AHL contract with the Hershey Bears for the second consecutive season after a career year in 2016-17, playing 43 regular season games with South Carolina before taking the Stingrays on a run to the Kelly Cup Finals during the postseason. The netminder played all 22 playoff games for the Rays and was among the ECHL league leaders in all categories including a goals-against average of 2.30, a save percentage at 0.919 and three shutouts.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Milner had a record of 26-14-0 during the 2016-17 ECHL regular season, while making over 1,000 saves for the second time in his career and tying career highs in wins and games played.
The 27-year-old recorded his first shutout of the year with 38 saves during a 5-0 win over Orlando on Pack The House Night on Jan. 27, posted a 22-save shutout in a 1-0 win in Manchester on Feb. 10 and then blanked Atlanta 5-0 on Pink In The Rink Night Mar. 10 for his third clean slate. He was also awarded the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Week award on Mar. 27.
Before turning pro, Milner was an accomplished goaltender during his four-year tenure at Boston College and helped lead the Eagles to three Hockey East titles and two NCAA Championships in 2010 and 2012. He was the MVP of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and was twice an NCAA All-Tournament Team member.