BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads, ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Jake Kupsky for the 2022-23 season.
Kupsky enters his fourth professional season after appearing in 38 games for the Steelheads last year posting a 19-7-0 record with a 2.57 goals-against average, a .907 save percentage, and three shutouts. He was named Warrior Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending on Dec. 12, 2021 after recording a 2-0-0 record making 26 saves on 27 shots Friday in a 3-1 win over South Carolina and then making 23 saves on 24 shots Saturday in a 4-1 victory over the Stingrays. The 26-year-old signed an American Hockey League contract with the Colorado Eagles on Dec. 31, 2021.
The Waukesha, Wisconsin native played 12 games between the South Carolina Stingrays and Greenville Swamp Rabbits during the 2020-21 campaign, posting a 3-6-2 record with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage while earning his first ECHL shutout on Feb. 3, 2021 with South Carolina against Greenville. He also spent time with the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the Southern Professional Hockey League, tallying an 11-5-1 record with a 2.52 goals-against average, a .907 sav percentage and one shutout en route to the SPHL championship one year removed from owning the best goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.933) in the SPHL during the 2019-20 season.
Kupsky made his ECHL debut with the Steelheads on Jan. 15, 2020 while starting in two games during that weekend, impressing with a win and a loss with four combined goals allowed while halting 58 of 62 shots (.935 save percentage) before returning to Pensacola. He later played six more games with Greenville and owned a 2.20 goals-against average and .915 save percentage with a 3-1-1 record.
Prior to his professional career, Kupsky played four seasons at Union College from 2015-19 and earned ECAC Third-Team All-Star honors during the 2017-18 season, playing 25 games and owning his best statistical season of his collegiate career. During his four-year career he posted a 23-22-5 record with 2.86 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.