Thatcher Demko

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Thatcher Demko
Born (1995-12-08) December 8, 1995 (age 20)
San Diego, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 36th overall, 2014
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2013–present

Thatcher Douglas Demko (born December 8, 1995) is an American ice hockey goaltender who is currently a prospect for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Demko was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Demko was ranked number 1[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,[2] winning Silver Medals with Team USA at both the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge[3] and 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.[4] 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,[5] while receiving the Mike Richter Award (most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's ice hockey).[6]

After his third season at Boston College, Demko signed a three-year entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on April 20, 2016.[7]

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%
2011–12 Omaha Lancers USHL 15 9 3 0 754 36 1 2.87 .899
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 19 15 3 0 1059 39 1 2.21 .902
2013–14 Boston College HE 24 16 5 3 1446 54 2 2.24 .919
2014–15 Boston College HE 35 19 13 3 2107 77 1 2.19 .925
2015–16 Boston College HE 39 27 8 4 2362 74 10 1.88 .935
NCAA totals 98 62 26 10 5915 205 13 2.08 .928

Awards and honours[edit]

Honours Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Silver Medal 2012 [8]
IIHF World U18 Championship Silver Medal 2013 [9]
Hobey Baker Award Finalist 2015–16 [10]
Mike Richter Award 2015–16 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston College's Thatcher Demko heavy favorite as top 2014 NHL Draft-eligible goalie". National Hockey League. 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Thatcher Demko prospect profile". Hockey'sFuture.com. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Backup goalie Demko makes most of chance". Canada.com. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Demko Earns Silver in IIHF U-18 World Championships". HockeyCenterkc.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Demko, Boyle named Hockey East Co-Players of the Year". Mill City Sports. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Demko Claims Mike Richter Award". Boston College. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Canucks sign Thatcher Demko". Vancouver Canucks. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  8. ^ "High praise given to Windsor's world under-17 tourney". Windsor Star. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ "2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Final Roster". USA Hockey. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Demko Hailed a Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist". Boston College. 2016-03-31. 
  11. ^ "College hockey: Boston College's Thatcher Demko wins 2016 Mike Richter Award". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zane McIntyre
Mike Richter Award
2015–16
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jack Eichel
Hockey East Player of the Year
2015–16
(shared with Kevin Boyle)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Connor Hellebuyck
Hockey East Goaltending Champion
2013–14
Succeeded by
Jon Gillies