Tokarski with the Montreal Canadiens in January 2015
September 16, 1989 |
Humboldt, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||122nd overall, 2008
Tampa Bay Lightning
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Tokarski was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. 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 made his first NHL start on March 8, 2012, against the Washington Capitals. He 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. On March 5, 2014, he played his first game with Montreal, a 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. On March 16, 2014, he 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. 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. In game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he stopped 31 shots on 32 shots to give his team a chance to win. Although the Montreal Canadiens lost the Eastern Conference Finals series 2-4 against the New York Rangers, Tokarski's performance earned high praises.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championship|
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. 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.
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||2||0||0||0||44||3||0||4.06||.813||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||5||1||3||1||244||14||0||3.45||.879||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Telus Cup Championship||2006|
|Memorial Cup Championship||2008|
|CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2008|||
|Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy||2008|
|Hap Emms Memorial Trophy||2008|
|Calder Cup Championship||2012|
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- Tokarski makes believers of Habs, ESPN
- "Canadiens vs. Rangers Game 6 Boxscore". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
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- Love, Noah (2009-01-04). "Canada's Tokarski to start in net against Sweden". National Post. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Canada defeates Sweden to win fifth straight WJHC gold". TSN. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- Memorial Cup All-Star Teams
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