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Fort Nucks: Demko & the Delayed Delivery's been a wild few days for the rookie goalie

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks writer

The Canucks have a team day off Wednesday in Anaheim following back-to-back games, having played three games in four days. 

No alarms were set. It's time for some rest and relaxation, and being in California, it's easy to find both.

"No chance I'm sleeping in," laughed Thatcher Demko. "My mom is picking me up first thing!" 

Demko, who the Canucks drafted 36th overall in 2014, is the starting goalie for the Utica Comets, up with Vancouver because Anders Nilsson's wife is expecting a child, meaning he didn't travel with the team to start this four-game trip. 

San Diego is home for Demko and seeing as how we're a hop, skip and a jump away, he's taking full advantage. 

"It's about a 90-minute drive from our hotel. It'll be nice to see my mom and catch up on the drive, things have been pretty hectic these past few days." 

You can say that again. 

The 21-year-old was recalled late last week when it became clear Nilsson might have to jet in-game if he got the baby call. Demko did not dress when the Canucks spanked the Penguins 4-2, he watched comfortably in the Canucks player lounge. 

That was the plan again for Monday's game against the Red Wings - until Nilsson got the baby call. 

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In a 20-minute span Demko went from suited third-string to back-up in warm-up after literally running, dragging luggage, from his hotel to Rogers Arena. No one was more amped prior to puck drop against Detroit than him. 

Demko backed up again in Calgary Tuesday night, although coach Travis Green said he considered starting him against the Flames. Demko was wide-eyed when told what Green said, mustering a sheepish smile.  

"I'm excited for when that day comes," he said, adding that being up with the Canucks is everything he thought it would be and more. "I'm paying Nilsson's baby half my NHL salary to stay in there longer! Seriously though, it's just great being around the guys and seeing how everything works at this level." 

Baby Nilsson will eventually greet the world and when he or she does, Anders will return to the Canucks. Demko will then return to Utica to resume the starting role.  

"This has all been awesome," smiled Demko. "The only downside is that my dad was in Utica visiting me when I was recalled. No idea what he's been doing!" 

This story just gets better and better.

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