Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Former BC Netminder Clemmensen Retires

Former Boston College goaltender Scott Clemmensen has concluded his professional playing career.

The Urbandale, Iowa native has retired to become the goaltending development coach with the New Jersey Devils, with whom he spent most of his 14-year playing career, including his final three National Hockey League games this past season.

Clemmensen, 37, finished with a 73-59-25 record in 191 NHL regular-season outings with New Jersey, Toronto and Florida from 2001 to 2015. He also registered seven career shutouts to go with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound netminder served three separate stints with New Jersey, and compiled a record of 32-19-6 in 68 games with four shutouts and a 2.60 GAA with the Devils. His best NHL campaign came in 2008-09 when he fashioned a 25-13-1 mark in 40 appearances with New Jersey.

Clemmensen, the first Iowa native to play in the NHL, put together a 99-35-10 record (2.52, .899) with 13 shutouts in 145 career NCAA games at BC from 1997 to 2001. As a senior, he went 30-7-2 and led the Eagles to the Beanpot and Hockey East tournament titles, along with BC's first national championship since 1949. He also held the Hockey East record for most league wins with 52 victories, and in 2009 was chosen as Hockey East's All-Time Unsung Hero as part of the league's 25th anniversary celebration.

He was drafted by the Devils in the eighth round (215th) overall in 1997 after completing his junior career with Des Moines (USHL).

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