Former Eagle Thatcher Demko will get his first taste of NHL action on Saturday afternoon when his Vancouver Canucks host the Columbus Blue Jackets (4PM ET). He will make his first NHL start after spending the past two seasons in the AHL with the Utica Comets, performing well enough this season to earn a spot in the AHL All-Star game this season.
Demko went to Utica after spending three seasons as the Eagles’ starter. Demko was nothing short of exceptional in his time with BC, capping of his career with a stellar junior year in 2015-16 that saw him go 27-8-4 while posting a .935 save percentage and ten shutouts. Demko also received the Mike Richter Award for the nation’s top goalie and finished in the top 3 in Hobey Baker voting.
At 22, Demko is seen as Vancouver’s goalie of the future and is a key part of their ongoing rebuild that has them eyeing a top draft pick this off-season. He put up a .921 save percentage in Utica as part of his All Star season this year and will hope to continue that success in the NHL. Congrats to Thatcher on making his NHL debut and best of luck today and in the seasons to come.