Cal Heeter

Calvin Heeter (born November 2, 1988) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender. He most recently played with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL while under contract with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played in one game for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 2013–14 season.

Playing career

Heeter played high school hockey for Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He led CBC to Mid-States High School Championships as the backup goaltender in 2004 and as the starting goaltender in 2005. He played high school hockey for three years at CBC, leaving the program during his senior year to play tier II junior hockey for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the 2006-07 season. He returned to St. Louis following one season with the Wildcats, and he finished his senior year of high school at Ritenour High School. After high school graduation, Heeter spent the 2007–08 season with the St. Louis Bandits, also of the NAHL.

Heeter spent four years playing hockey for the Ohio State Buckeyes of the NCAA. After spending four years with the team, Heeter signed a two-year entry level contract with the Flyers on March 6, 2012. Heeter played the bulk of his two years with the Flyers organization playing for the Adirondack Phantoms, their affiliate. On April 13, 2014, Heeter made his one and only appearance in net for the NHL team in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Following the 2013-14 season, the Flyers did not make a qualifying offer to Heeter and as a result he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014. He signed a one-year contract with the Evansville Icemen of the ECHL on October 8, 2014.

After beginning the season with the IceMen, Heeter played with the Toronto Marlies on a professional try-out contract before signing for the remainder of the season abroad with Croatian club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb, of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League on November 10, 2014.

He also started the 2015–16 season with the Zagreb team and moved to Germany in October 2015, inking a deal with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for the remainder of the season. He saw the ice in 24 DEL contests for Hamburg, posting an 11–8–0 record, with a 3.00 GAA and a .900 save percentage. The Freezers organization folded after the 2015–16 season.

On July 25, 2016, Heeter signed a one-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

On August 17, 2017, Heeter signed a one-year contract as a free agent in a return with the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

International play

Heeter attended the 2013 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Team USA, but he did not play as the team claimed a bronze medal.

He was selected to play for Team USA at the 2015 Deutschland-Cup.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLT/OTMINGASOGAASV%GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2006–07Wichita Falls WildcatsNAHL31131331,8289613.15.896
2007–08St. Louis BanditsNAHL3425611,9728022.43.917
2008–09Ohio StateCCHA52102001103.29.898
2009–10Ohio StateCCHA209621,1085913.19.897
2010–11Ohio StateCCHA37151842,1918422.30.923
2011–12Ohio StateCCHA32131151,7607222.45.918
2012–13Adirondack PhantomsAHL32121631,8118802.92.908
2012–13Trenton TitansECHL83304532403.18.900
2013–14Adirondack PhantomsAHL44162522,46510942.65.912
2013–14Philadelphia FlyersNHL100164504.69.868
2014–15Evansville IcemenECHL4310241902.24.922
2014–15Toronto MarliesAHL100167403.60.923
2014–15KHL Medveščak ZagrebKHL229921,2235402.65.911
2015–16KHL Medveščak ZagrebKHL60222791503.23.856
2015–16Hamburg FreezersDEL2411801,2406203.00.900
2016–17Toledo WalleyeECHL1714211,0425212.99.897
2016–17Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL1210207242512.07.933
2017–18Orlando Solar BearsECHL43191562,36810812.74.9158434431411.90.945
NHL totals100164504.69.868

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