Eric Levine enters his 10th year working with Midwest Goalie School and third as owner. He was a longtime student of the camp as a young kid and grew up playing hockey locally for the Glenview Stars and Skokie Flyers organizations.
He held on to his dreams to play hockey at a high level and took the next step by playing for the local Junior B team, the Chicago Force. Moving onward and upward, Eric next moved to Ontario, Canada where he played for the Wellington Dukes in the OPJHL and Pembroke Lumberkings in the CJHL. While in Pembroke, he won back to back championships and was a first ballot selection on the All Star team his final season in Pembroke. He led the league in save percentage, GAA, and wins during their historic playoff run in 2008-2009, stopping 106 of 109 shots over the final two games. They clinched the title over the Nepean Raiders in OT of game 6 in front of a sellout crowd at the PMC. (See the game winning shot here!)
His years of hard work finally paid off when he received a scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. During his 4 years, he amassed a 30-22-11 record, posting a 2.69 GAA and sits 25th all time in NCAA D1 with a career .925 SV%. During his senior campaign, he set numerous RMU single season records including most wins (19), saves (1,148), shutouts (4), GAA (2.40), saves per game (32.80) and SV% (.929). He also holds the program record for most saves in a game, 58 against Quinnipiac (10/31/2009), and most saves in a shutout when his team won the inaugural 3 Rivers Classic tournament, defeating #5 ranked Miami of Ohio 1-0. Eric made 51 saves (including this late 3rd period glove save!) and took home tournament MVP honors for stopping 99 of 99 saves in back to back shutout victories.
After a stellar 4 year career, Eric was called to play for the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL where he signed a PTO (Professional Tryout Agreement). He served as their 3rd goalie as they went all the way to the Calder Cup Finals. His first summer as a professional sent him to the New York Rangers prospects development camp where he got to work with Henrik Lundqvist’s goalie coach, Benoit Allaire. Just a few weeks later, he was invited to the Nashville Predators Main Camp where he worked with the infamous goalie coach, Mitch Korn. Eric’s goalie partner for training camp was Pekka Rinne.
Eric is entering his 3rd professional season, seeing action with 9 different teams in 4 leagues; Toledo Walleye (ECHL), Peoria Rivermen (SPHL), Allen Americans (CHL), Quad City Mallards (CHL), Syracuse Crunch (AHL), Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL), Indy Fuel (ECHL), Alaska Aces (ECHL), and Utah Grizzlies (ECHL).
At the end of the 2014-2015 campaign, he finished with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL compiling a 3-1 regular season record with a 3.02 GAA and team leading .922 SV%. He saw action in 3 playoff games, recording a 1.92 GAA and .923 SV%. He recorded the teams only victory in the second round, stopping all 13 shots in relief for a comeback 3-2 victory over the Ontario Reign.
During the 15-16 season, while playing for the Louisiana IceGators, Eric was called up to the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) and immediately made his presence felt, earning ECHL goalie of the week honors in mid December after going 3-0 in his first three appearances of the season. He would go on to accumulate a 10-7 record, .915 sv% with an impressive four shutouts. After leaving Colorado, he signed a PTO with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL, finishing the season as the club’s 3rd goalie. He impressed them enough to earn a contract the following summer, signing with the Rockford IceHogs/Indy Fuel. In September of 2016 he was one of five goalies to attend the Chicago Blackhawks training camp. Currently, Eric is playing out his fourth professional season with the Indy Fuel in the ECHL.
Eric graduated RMU with a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Psychology with a Sports Psychology concentration. He graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.8, sitting top 10% of his class and graduated with honors. He served as president of the RMU Psychology Honors Society (Psi Chi) for 2 years. He was integral in bringing many ventures to the honors society such as The Psychology Couch, Pysch in a Box, and the Conversation Menu. He received numerous awards from the Department of School of Education and Social Sciences such as the John R. Bassett Memorial Scholarship, SESS Dean’s Excellence Award, and the Dean’s Leadership Award given to the most outstanding student in the department in 2013.
Eric has one younger brother, Matt (22), who is completing his composite materials engineering degree at Winona State University in Minnesota. Eric and Matt remain very close friends and visit each other as often as possible throughout the year. Eric credits Matt for much of his early success as a hockey player. They would play basement hockey nearly every day when they were younger and believes that without Matt’s overwhelming support and dedication to attend all his practices and games, his success wouldn’t have been possible. He has a close relationship with his mother and father, Steve and Kathy, who currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His father, Steve, is the top selling home security rep for ADT in the Fort Lauderdale region. His mother Kathy works as a cardiac ultrasound technician for two different hospitals.