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Former Robert Morris goaltender Justin Kapelmaster signs with Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL

Justin Kapelmaster (31) makes a save against Holy Cross in an AHA Tournament game on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the RMU Island Sports Center. -- Jared Todhunter

Former Robert Morris goaltender Justin Kapelmaster has signed with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks, the team announced Tuesday. They are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and AHL’s Stockton Heat.

Despite playing only one season in 2019-20 with Robert Morris, Kapelmaster is the Colonials’ all-time leader in save percentage (0.930), goals against average (2.48), and saves-per-game (30.4). He posted a 12-14-3 record in a pandemic-shortened season. The Colonials had beaten Holy Cross in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, where Kapelmaster stopped 68 of 70 shots in the final two games of the series, and were set to face Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the remainder of the tournament.

He previously played three seasons with Ferris State University. Prior to joining the bulldogs, he played with the New York Apple Core in the Empire Junior Hockey League for two seasons from 2011-2013, and one season each with the New York Bobcats of the Eastern Hockey League, the Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League.

Kapelmaster became the first Robert Morris goaltender to earn AHA accolades when he was named to the all-conference second team last season. He was also voted team MVP by his teammates.

He joins a long list of Colonials in the pros, joining former teammate Jacob Coleman who signed with the Worcester Railers of the ECHL.

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