Alex Nedeljkovic was able to check off a lot of boxes this season.
The AHL’s goalie of the year? Done. A Calder Cup championship with the Charlotte Checkers? Got it. Set a bit of hockey history? That too.
In fact, if you ignore one little episode with a power tool, Nedeljkovic accomplished just about everything he set out to do this season. “He was the goalie of the year for a reason, right?” said Checkers coach Mike Vellucci after Nedeljkovic’s 38-save win in Game 3 of the AHL final against the Chicago Wolves.
That 4-1 victory put the Checkers ahead in a series that they won in five games, a fitting ending to a season in which Charlotte dominated the AHL from start to finish. A steadying force behind all that was Nedeljkovic, 23, an athletic, take-charge goaltender with his sights set ...
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