July 21, 2016
Over the past two seasons, Jeff Lerg shattered the record books for goaltending in a Toledo Walleye uniform. However, a new season brings a new challenge for the 30-year-old netminder from Livonia, Michigan, as Lerg has signed to play for Rungsted SC in Denmark for the 2016-17 season.
Speaking with Lerg, he wants to thank T-Town Hockey fans for two exciting seasons. “I can’t say enough about the tremendous support I received from the fans in Toledo,” says Lerg. “They’re so passionate and that was the difficult part of my decision to play in Europe. I enjoyed being part of two great seasons in Toledo and my only disappointment is not winning a playoff championship.”
Lerg backstopped Toledo to a Brabham Cup Championship for the best record in the ECHL during the 2014-15 regular season, as well as Toledo topping the ECHL Eastern Conference standings in back-to-back seasons. He was named to the All-ECHL Second Team in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
While he holds numerous Walleye goaltending records, Lerg’s time in Toledo may well be best remembered for his sprawling save in overtime on February 14 against Ft. Wayne. “I’m not a conventional goaltender due to my height,” says Lerg. “I take pride in working hard every day and never giving up on a play.”
Lerg says his goal now is to play well in Denmark and hopefully get a shot at the top pro level in Germany or Sweden.