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Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski
Tokarski with the Montreal Canadiens in January 2015
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
Born September 16 1989 (1989-09-16) (age 27),
Watson, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 122nd overall, 2008
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pro Career 2009 – present

Dustin Michael Tokarski (born September 16, 1989 in Watson, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a prospect of the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL) team as their fifth round selection, 122nd overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. 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.

Playing careerEdit

Dustin Tokarski 2009a

Tokarski played junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs. He played a combined 30 games in his first season, 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Tokarski was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[4] 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.

International playEdit

Medal record
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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.[5] 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.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

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
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 4 2 1 224 17 0 2.23 .924 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 18 7 5 2 675 39 1 2.93 .902 5 2 3 300 13 0 2.60 .916

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year Ref
Telus Cup Championship 2006
Memorial Cup Championship 2008
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2008 [7]
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2008
Hap Emms Memorial Trophy 2008
Calder Cup Championship 2012

ReferencesEdit

  1. in Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie: 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 122. 
  2. Bell, Aaron. 2008 Mastercard Memorial Cup history. Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  3. Beasley, Mike. Spokane captures second Memorial Cup championship. Hockey Now. Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  4. Dustin Tokarski player card. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  5. Love, Noah. "Canada's Tokarski to start in net against Sweden", National Post, 2009-01-04. Retrieved on 2009-01-10. 
  6. Canada defeates Sweden to win fifth straight WJHC gold. TSN (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  7. Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

External linksEdit


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