Nichols School hockey alumnus Andrew Poturalski '12 led the Charlotte Checkers to their first-ever Calder Cup win this spring as champions of the American Hockey League (AHL). On August 25, Poturalski returned to Buffalo for his day with the Calder Cup to celebrate with friends and family.
Poturalski, along with Checkers teammate Trevor Carrick, brought the Calder Cup to Snyder and the home of Lexie and John Fromen, parents of Haley Fromen '10, who is engaged to Poturalski. Sean Kirst of the Buffalo News profiled the family's championship celebration, which was punctuated with Poturalski eating chicken wings out of the Calder Cup.
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In the final game of the Calder Cup playoffs, Poturalski capped his best professional season yet in memorable fashion, scoring two goals – the first goal of the game, and the eventual game-winner – in a 5-3 win for the Checkers.
During the AHL postseason, Poturalski led all players with 23 points in 18 games, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists, to go along with a plus-15 rating. For his outstanding performance, Poturalski earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, given annually to the most valuable player of the AHL postseason.
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During the 2018-19 regular season, Poturalski helped the Checkers win the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the team with the best record in the AHL. Poturalski posted career-bests in goals (23), assists (47) and points (70) in 72 games played. Poturalski has signed a contract to play in the Anaheim Ducks organization for the 2019-20 season.
Poturalski's Nichols career was highlighted by a 2010-11 season with the prep team in which he scored 40 goals and 20 assists in 40 regular-season games, followed by eight more goals in four playoff games. In the final game of the 2011 CISAA championship against Ridley College, Poturalski scored five goals, including the overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory for Nichols.
Read what Poturalski and Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci had to say after clinching the Calder Cup on GoCheckers.com.