July 18, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Former Brown goaltender and MVP of the 2000 men's ice hockey team Scott Stirling '00 has returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in an announcement made by head coach Roger Grillo. Stirling just completed his eighth season playing in the professional ranks and will enter his first season as an assistant coach this year.
Stirling was named second team All-Ivy in both 1999 and 2000, and was also a two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree, earning Academic All-ECAC as a senior in 2000. Stirling still ranks in Brown's all-time top 10 for several goaltending categories. He ranks both fifth and eighth all-time for goals against average in a season (2.66 in 1998 and 2.92 in 1999), is fifth and 10th all-time for save percentage in a season (.920 in 1998 and .907 in 1999), and eighth for shutouts in a season (2 in 1999). For his career, Stirling stopped nearly 2,000 shots and ranks third all-time at Brown with 1,958 saves. His 3.08 GAA is sixth all-time, his .906 save percentage is fifth all-time, while his three career shutouts ranks third all-time.
Following his graduation from Brown with a degree in both Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management, Stirling began his professional hockey career with the Trenton Titans (ECHL). In his rookie season, Stirling played in 48 games and posted a 2.14 GAA, a .922 save percentage, and a 32-10-3 record, en route to ECHL Goalie of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and First Team All-ECHL honors, while leading Trenton to the Kelly Cup finals.
After spending the 2001-2002 season in the ECHL, mostly with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Stirling split time during the 2002-2003 season in the AHL (Worcester Ice Cats & Bridgeport Sound Tigers) and the ECHL (Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies). In 10 games with the Sound Tigers, Stirling posted a 2.41 GAA and a .918 save percentage to go along with an 8-2-0 record. Stirling was back with Atlantic City for the playoffs, where he helped to lead the Boardwalk Bullies to the 2003 Kelly Cup Championship.
He had his most successful season in the ECHL in 2004, earning ECHL MVP honors, Goalie of the Year, and First Team All-ECHL recognition, posting a 1.91 GAA and a .933 save percentage in 49 games (31-13-5) with Atlantic City.
Following the 2004 season, Stirling spent time in the ECHL (Trenton Titans and Fresno Falcons), and the AHL (San Antonio Rampage), before concluding his professional career last season in the Norwegian Elite Hockey League (Valerenga Ice Hockey Club).
A native of Hull, Massachusetts, Scott is the son of Steve Stirling, the former New York Islanders head coach (2003-04 and 2005-06). Scott and his wife Heather have two daughters, Taylor (4) and Grace (2).