December 8, 1995 |
San Diego, California, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
Utica Comets (AHL)
|NHL Draft||36th overall, 2014
Thatcher Douglas Demko (born December 8, 1995) is an American ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Demko was selected by the Canucks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Demko was ranked number 1 by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau on their final list of the top draft-eligible North American goalies leading into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He trained with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program team during the 2012–13 season, winning Silver Medals with Team USA at both the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships. He also was a member of the United States team that played in the 2014 World Juniors, although he was backup to fellow Hockey East net minder Jon Gillies of Providence and did not play.
The following year, at the 2015 World Juniors, Demko earned the #1 goaltender job, starting 7 of the 8 games the US played. Although bowing out in the quarterfinals to Russia, Demko finished third in the tournament among goalies with a 1.74 GAA and .938 save percentage.
Demko was named the 2016 Co-Player of the Year by the Hockey East Association on Thursday, March 17 along with UMass Lowell River Hawks goaltender Kevin Boyle, while receiving the Mike Richter Award (most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's ice hockey).
After his third season at Boston College, Demko signed a three-year entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on April 20, 2016.
The Canucks assigned Demko to their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets for the 2016–17 season. He would record his first professional win on November 12, 2016 in a 3–2 overtime victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Demko was recalled on December 10 due to an injury to Ryan Miller; however, he was reassigned to Utica on December 13 without playing a game. On March 4, 2017, Demko earned his first professional shutout, helping the Comets defeat the Albany Devils by a score of 3–0.
|2012–13||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||19||15||3||0||1059||39||1||2.21||.902||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge Silver Medal||2012|||
|IIHF World U18 Championship Silver Medal||2013|||
|Hobey Baker Award Finalist||2015–16|||
|Mike Richter Award||2015–16|||
- "Boston College's Thatcher Demko heavy favorite as top 2014 NHL Draft-eligible goalie". National Hockey League. 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
- "Thatcher Demko prospect profile". Hockey'sFuture.com. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
- "Backup goalie Demko makes most of chance". Canada.com. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
- "Demko Earns Silver in IIHF U-18 World Championships". HockeyCenterkc.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
- "Demko, Boyle named Hockey East Co-Players of the Year". Mill City Sports. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
- "Demko Claims Mike Richter Award". Boston College. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- "Canucks sign Thatcher Demko". Vancouver Canucks. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
- "Canucks Reduce Pre-Season Roster". Vancouver Canucks. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
- "Comets Win!". Utica Comets. 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
- "Canucks recall Demko". Vancouver Canucks. 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
- "Demko Reassigned to Utica". Vancouver Canucks. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- "Thatcher Demko's shutout gives Comets fourth consecutive win". Utica Comets. 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
- "High praise given to Windsor's world under-17 tourney". Windsor Star. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- "2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Final Roster". USA Hockey. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
- "Demko Hailed a Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist". Boston College. 2016-03-31.
- "College hockey: Boston College's Thatcher Demko wins 2016 Mike Richter Award". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Thatcher Demko career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Thatcher Demko career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Mike Richter Award
|Hockey East Player of the Year
(shared with Kevin Boyle)
|Hockey East Goaltending Champion