IceDogs Goalie Standout Will Spend Summer In Australia

Doug Groenestege played two games in the Ontario Hockey League between the pipes with the Ottawa 67’s in 2001-02. He came back in 2003-04 and tandemed with David Shantz with the Mississauga IceDogs, putting up better numbers than his partner as the two led their team to the Robertson Cup finals.

doug groenestege mustangs melbourne australia aihl hockeyGroenestege played 27 of Mississauga’s regular season games in 2003-04 and had a 2.54 goals against average combined with a .912 save percentage. His GAA put him fifth in the league. However, Shantz played all the playoff games and the IceDogs made it to the finals before being swept by the Guelph Storm.

After the Ontario Hockey League, Doug tried out the Canadian university system with the University of British Columbia. In 2005-06, he began his professional hockey career with the Richmond Renegades of the UHL. He followed the team into the Southern Professional Hockey League for the following season.

In 2007-08, Groenestege made his way to the Central Hockey League and has been there until this season. His highlight season to date was 2008-09 with the Oklahoma City Blazers. Doug had the best Goals Against Average in the league with 2.10. His save percentage was .922, third in the league and he was the runner-up for the league’s best goaltender.

Groenestege spent the 2010-11 season with the Arizona Sundogs, a team that he was traded to the season before. No longer on the team’s roster, Doug has signed on for a summer with the all-new Mustangs in Australia’s AIHL. The AIHL season starts next month and has been featuring more and more Ontario Hockey League grads over the past few years. The Mustangs bring the number of teams in the league up to eight. The team plays out of Melbourne, Australia.

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