Dustin Tokarski

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Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski Hamilton 2013.jpg
Tokarski with the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2013-14 season
Born (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 25)
Humboldt, SK, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 122nd overall, 2008
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2009–present

Dustin Michael Tokarski (born September 16, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, but grew up in neighbouring Watson which he considers to be his hometown.[1][2]

Tokarski led the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL to the 2008 Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship, and was named the top goaltender and most valuable player of the tournament. Tokarski then backstopped Team Canada to their fifth consecutive gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round, 122nd overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In 2012, he won the AHL's Calder Cup with the Norfolk Admirals.

Playing career[edit]

Tokarski with the Spokane Chiefs.

Dustin Tokarski played midget for the Prince Albert Mintos and led the team to capture the Telus Cup, Canada’s midget hockey championship in 2006. Tokarski had three shutouts and a 1.98 GAA for the Mintos.[3] He was added to the protected list of the WHL Spokane Chiefs in December. He played a combined 30 games in his first season with Spokane, posting a record of 13 wins, 11 losses and 2 overtime losses. Tokarski took over as the Chiefs' starting goaltender in 2007–08. Tokarski played every game for the Chiefs in the playoffs, leading them to the Ed Chynoweth Cup championship by giving up just 31 goals in 21 playoff games.[4] The Chiefs' title earned them a berth in the 2008 Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. With Tokarski in net, Spokane won all three games in the round robin to earn a berth in the championship game. Tokarski made 53 saves in the final as Spokane defeated the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers to claim the Chiefs' second Memorial Cup championship in franchise history.[5] His performance earned him the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's outstanding goaltender, and the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player.[6] Tokarski was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[7] Tokarski made his NHL debut on January 19, 2010, against the New York Rangers. He replaced Antero Niittymaki in the Lightning net in the third period after Niittymaki surrendered 6 goals.

Tokarski in 2009.

Tokarski made his first Career NHL start on March 8, 2012, against the Washington Capitals. Tokarski had 29 saves on 32 shots and let 3 pucks by for a 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning OT loss.

On February 14, 2013, Tokarski was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Montreal Canadiens for Cédrick Desjardins.[8] On March 5, 2014, Tokarski played his first game with Montreal, a 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. On March 16, 2014, Tokarski recorded his first NHL shutout in a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, stopping all 29 of Buffalo's shots. On May 19, 2014, it was announced that Tokarski would be starting in place of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price because of injury against the New York Rangers.[9] In game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals series against the New York Rangers, he made 35 saves on 37 shots to help the Canadiens win 3-2 in overtime, and cut the Rangers' series lead to 2-1. In game 5 of the Eastern Conference against the New York Rangers, he led the team to a 7-4 win, and cut the Rangers' series lead to 3-2.[10] In game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he stopped 31 shots on 32 shots to give his team a chance to win.[11] Although the Montreal Canadiens lost the Eastern Conference Finals series 2-4 against the New York Rangers, Tokarski's performance earned high praises.[12]

Following the conclusion of the Canadiens' 2014-15 preseason, Peter Budaj was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on October 6, 2014, leaving Tokarski as the official backup for the Montreal Canadiens.[13]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Gold 2009 Canada

Tokarski was named to Canada's roster for the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Tokarski struggled during the tournament, entering the final as the eighth best goaltender statistically, though he led Canada to thrilling 7–4 and 6–5 wins over the United States and Russia, respectively.[14] Tokarski played his best game in the final, posting 39 saves on 40 shots as Canada defeated Sweden 5–1 to win its fifth consecutive gold medal.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 30 13 11 2 1674 78 2 2.80 .903 6 2 4 364 17 0 2.80 .901
2007–08 Spokane Chiefs WHL 45 30 10 3 2543 87 6 2.05 .922 21 16 5 1352 31 3 1.38 .944
2008–09 Spokane Chiefs WHL 54 34 18 2 3264 107 7 1.97 .937 12 7 5 812 23 1 1.70 .947
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 55 27 25 3 3319 139 4 2.51 .915
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 0 44 3 0 4.06 .813
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 46 21 20 4 2691 119 2 2.65 .901 6 2 4 355 13 1 2.19 .924
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 45 32 11 0 2583 96 5 2.23 .913 14 12 2 866 21 3 1.46 .944
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 1 3 1 244 14 0 3.45 .879
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 18 8 4 1881 77 3 2.46 .900
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 15 6 8 0 836 31 3 2.22 .927
2013–14 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 41 20 16 3 2375 94 1 2.38 .919
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 2 0 0 163 5 1 1.84 .946 5 2 3 300 13 0 2.60 .916
NHL totals 10 3 3 1 451 22 1 2.93 .902 5 2 3 300 13 0 2.60 .916

Awards and honours[edit]

Dustin Tokarski, playing with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL
Award Year Ref
Telus Cup Championship 2006
Memorial Cup Championship 2008
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2008 [16]
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2008
Hap Emms Memorial Trophy 2008
Calder Cup Championship 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marc DeFoy (2014-05-25). "Chicane de clochers". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). p. 104. 
  2. ^ "Canadiens Dustin Tokarski thrills hometown fans". CBC News. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/dustin_tokarski/
  4. ^ Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie (ed.). 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 122. 
  5. ^ Bell, Aaron. "2008 Mastercard Memorial Cup history". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  6. ^ Beasley, Mike. "Spokane captures second Memorial Cup championship". Hockey Now. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Dustin Tokarski player card". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Canadiens acquire Tokarski from Lightning". Montreal Canadiens. 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Dustin Tokarski makes NHL playoff debut". CBC. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  10. ^ Tokarski makes believers of Habs, ESPN
  11. ^ "Canadiens vs. Rangers Game 6 Boxscore". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  12. ^ Basu, Arpon. "Canadiens provide no support for Tokarski". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  13. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=733064&navid=nhl:topheads
  14. ^ Love, Noah (2009-01-04). "Canada's Tokarski to start in net against Sweden". National Post. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Canada defeates Sweden to win fifth straight WJHC gold". TSN. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  16. ^ Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

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