Former Chilliwack Chiefs goalie one rung below NHL

Mitch Gillam has been promoted from the ECHL to the New York Islanders AHL affiliate.

Former Chilliwack Chiefs netminder Mitch Gillam is getting a taste of the American Hockey League.

The 26 year old has been called up from the ECHL’s Worcester Railers to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he’ll share the crease with 29 year old AHL vet Jeremy Smith.

A vacancy was created in Bridgeport Sound when the team’s parent club, the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, called up Christopher Gibson.

Gillam has been impressive at the ECHL level this season.

In 11 appearances with Worcester the Ontario native has posted a 2.55 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

Gillam played two seasons for the Chilliwack Chiefs, from 2011-13, winning the BCHL Top Goaltender award in 2012-13 before going on to four successful seasons at Cornell University.

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