GLENDALE -- David Tendeck stopped 32 of 33 shots, was voted the game's No. 1 Star, and led the Vancouver Giants to their fifth consecutive win and a berth in the Western Hockey League playoffs in his most recent start earlier this week.
Tendeck, whom the Coyotes drafted 158th overall in 2018, has been solid in Vancouver's net all season, but particularly over the past month as he's won five of his past six starts. Overall, he's posted an 18-9-1-1 record, and his 2.48 goals-against average ranks fifth in the WHL among netminders who have played at least 25 games.
Tendeck, who grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia, got a late start on his hockey career. He didn't begin playing until age 11, and by that time he figured he'd be wise to play goalie at first because he wasn't as strong of a skater as his peers. He's been stopping pucks ever since.
"I just loved it from the first game," said Tendeck, who recently played his 100th WHL match.
Earlier this season, Tendeck, 19, competed for Team WHL in Game 2 of the CIBC Canada/Russia Series. He stopped 25 of 27 shots vs. the Russians in a 3-1 loss, and was named his team's Player of the Game.
"He's very detailed and focused," Coyotes Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab said during Arizona's prospect development camp last summer. "He's more of a traditional goalie, and he keeps to himself a little bit more. You can see he's got a plan for what he does, and he's shown a great work ethic."