2005-06 season: Dekanich’s exceptional, record-setting season helped earn the Raiders a share of the ECACHL regular season title. The North Vancouver, BC native was an absolute workhorse for Colgate playing in 36 of 39 games. He set a new school record for saves in a single season with 988. He posted an 18-11-6 record that included four shutouts. Dekanich was named the recipient of the ECACHL’s Ken Dryden Award for Goaltender of the Year after leading the conference with a 1.98 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.
2006-07: After getting off to shaky start to the 2006-07 season, Mark Dekanich finished his junior campaign as one of the ECACHL’s most reliable goaltenders. The North Vancouver, BC native posted a 15-17-4 record that included one shutout in 35 appearances. While his record may not be all that impressive, Dekanich’s 2.33 goals against average and stellar .923 save percentage were. His save percentage ranked tied for ninth in the nation. Dekanich capped his junior year with a selection to the All-ECACHL Second Team.
HF’s July 2007 Q&A with Dekanich.
2007-08: This was the netminders final season with Colgate University (ECAC) and his senior campaign was one of his more successful ones. He posted six shutouts, a career-high 2.16 goals against average and a.924 save percentage. He also played in a career-high 41 games and racked up 1,043 saves in his senior year with the Red Raiders.
2008-09: In his first pro season, Dekanich appeared in 30 AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals. He finished with a 15-10-2 record, 2.09 goals against average, .923 save percentage, and 1 shutout.
2009-10: Dekanich again spent much of the year with Milwaukee, appearing in 47 AHL games with a 27-16-4 record, 2.33 goals against average, and .914 save percentage. The netminder also recorded 4 shutouts for the Admirals. He appeared in 2 ECHL games during the year as well. He gave up only 1 goal, resulting in a 2-0 record, 0.48 goals against average, and .981 save percentage.
Talent AnalysisDekanich is a large goaltender, with superb athleticism and position, in addition to solid fundamentals. He has all the physical tools required for an NHL goaltender, but has work to do on the mental aspect of his game. His recognition and anticipation could use work, because he won't be able to rely solely on skill at the NHL level.
Dekanich has signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent.