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From Newfoundland to Finland: Growlers’ Garteig will play in Europe next season

Newfoundland Growlers photo/Jeff Parsons - Newfoundland Growlers netminder Michael Garteig made his second straight ECHL start Tuesday night, against the Adirondack Thunder at Mile One Centre. Aside from veteran Adam Pardy and fellow goalie Eamon McAdam, Garteig is the only Growler to suit up for an NHL game.
After an outstanding performance for the ECHL champion Newfoundland Growlers in the ECHL playoffs, goalie Michael Garteig has signed with a team in Finaland's top hockey league. — Newfoundland Growlers photo/Jeff Parsons

Goalie signs with Tappara in Finnish Elite League

Goaltender Michael Garteig, who backstopped the Newfoundland Growlers to the 2019 ECHL championship, has parlayed his recent success into a new contract that will see him play in Europe next season.

The 27-year-old from Prince George, B.C., has signed a one-year deal with Tampere-based Tappara of the Finnish Elite League.

Garteig had been operating on an AHL deal in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ system, but was headed for free agency after leading the Growlers to the Kelly Cup earlier this month.

He posted a 2.19 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and 16-7 record as he started and finished every playoff game for the Growlers. That was after he went 23-14-6 (2.72 GAA, .909 save percentage, three shutouts) as Newfoundland’s workhorse netminder during the team‘s first-ever regular season.

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