Hounds add overage goalie

Randy Russon
June 12, 2019

Looking to replace the graduated Matthew Villalta with a veteran goalie, Soo Greyhounds have obtained overage puck-stopper Christian Propp from the North Bay Battalion.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Propp was obtained by the Soo for a conditional pick at the 2022 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

“When evaluating the goaltender position this off season, we knew we wanted to acquire a veteran goalie who will add depth to our team,” relayed Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis.

“In acquiring Christian, we now have a goaltender who has been a starting goalie in this league and one that we believe is ready to take another step in his development. We think Christian has a lot more to prove moving into his overage year and are looking forward to having him in the Soo,” Raftis added.

Propp posted a 24-24-2 record with a 3.98 goals against average and .893 save percentage for North Bay during the 2018-2019 regular season.

Then, in North Bay’s five-game, opening-round, playoff series loss to the Niagara IceDogs, Propp posted a .929 save percentage as the Battalion was upended.

Propp’s playoff highlights included stopping 53 shots in the series opener and 50 more in the series finale. Over the five-game series, Propp faced 252 shots — an average of more than 50 per game.

Meanwhile, Battalion coach and director of hockey operations Stan Butler called the trade a “good opportunity with a good team for Christian.

“Given our overage situation and what we feel is the depth in goal-tending in our organization, we wanted to give Christian an opportunity to play in the league,” Butler added.

What you think about “Hounds add overage goalie”

  1. ..you are getting a good goalie..can win a game on his own which he had to do with a weak defense….wait until you hear him speak in an interview….speaks well….

  2. North Bay had to do something with their overage and goalie situation as the 16 year from Powassan was ready to step up to up to the big club.

  3. We are going to miss you in north bay Christian Propp. Good luck with your new team…..in our hearts..you will always be apart of north bay!! Thank you for all your efforts…

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