Saturday, January 26, 2019 - Submitted by Bernard McNamara
The Sydney Ice Dogs are proud to announce the signing of American import goalie Garrett Bartus for the 2019 season. Bartus joins the Ice Dogs from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL, where he shares the net minding duties, with New York Rangers goalie prospect, Chris Nell.
Standing at 188cm tall, Bartus plans to make his presence felt both on and off the ice in his first AIHL Season.
“As a goalie I’m a blend of athletic and technical. I’ve always been a competitor in net and love to win!” said Bartus.
“I love chatting with the fans, so come say hi! I’m looking forward to getting involved in the hockey community and helping grow the game, not only in Sydney, but hopefully all across Australia.”
Bartus also boasts a very impressive hockey resume, which includes a stand out college career at the University of Connecticut in the NCAA.
In his three and a half years at Connecticut, he finished as the programs all-time saves leader with 3,293 saves and found himself on the Hobey Baker Award ballot during his junior year.
The Hobey Baker award is the highest individual award for US College hockey players and former winners include Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel and Anaheim Ducks legend Paul Kariya.
Bartus turned pro after graduating in 2013, signing with the Evansville Icemen in the ECHL. During his 7 year professional career he’s racked up 114 ECHL games, 55 SPHL Games and a hand full of stints in the AHL.
The idea of the continuing his hockey career down under excited the 29 year old from St. Charles, Illinois.
“I’ve had some friends go over and they have had nothing but great things to say about the opportunity of living and playing in Australia. It’s a unique blend of being able to play the sport I love and see one of the most unique and interesting places on the planet. It was a no brainer for me!”
Away from the rink, Bartus enjoys traveling and rocking out to some of his favourite musicians and bands, which include, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Doors, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
“I enjoy playing guitar, reading, traveling around and sightseeing, going out to eat at different restaurants, and live music.”
“Travel wise, I can’t go wrong in Australia! I want to see and experience as much of Australia as I can!”
The 2019 Ice Dogs campaign get under way on Saturday 20 April at the Macquarie Ice Rink, when they face off against cross town rivals the Sydney Bears. The Sydney Battle is one of the most hotly contested match ups on the AIHL calendar with capacity crowds cheering on the Sydney Clubs.