Mackenzie Blackwood was drafted 42nd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
And just weeks later, attended his first Development Camp in New Jersey in July with other Devils prospects.
The young players also spent some time visiting a local RWJBarnabas Health hospital.
And on December 20, 2015, the Devils signed Blackwood to a three-year entry-level contract.
And in April of 2016, Blackwood was named the Ontario Hockey League's Player of the Week.
During the 2017-18 season, the netminder was called up to the NHL for the first time in his career.
And was recalled during the 2018-19 season for the first time on December 17th.
The very next day, he made his NHL debut after relieving former Devil Keith Kinkaid in net.
On December 20, Blackwood started in net for the first time in his NHL career.
In the first period of the matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he faced 17 shots.
Although he didn't walk away with a victory, the night was a benchmark for the young goalie.
But just a week later, Blackwood started in net again on December 27 against the Boston Bruins, where he picked up his first NHL win in a 5-2 victory.
The next game when the Devils hosted the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center on December 29th, Blackwood recorded his first career shutout in a 2-0 victory. The milestone earned the netminder the first star of the game
He earned his second career shutout on December 31, 2018, when the Devils hosted Vancouver to close out 2018. The second shutout marked the first time in Devils franchise history that a rookie netminder posted back-to-back shutouts. That same week, he was also named the NHL's Third Star of the Week.
Episode 10 of this season's 82 Game Odyssey presented by Investors Bank highlighted Blackwood's late-December success and what it's like for him to play in the NHL.
Although we love looking at this young netminder's highlights, we have a few other fun facts that fans may not have known about him.
Blackwood started playing hockey at the age of four, although he wasn't a goalie until he was 12-years-old.
Growing up, he played lacrosse, golf and snowboarded, and his favorite school subjects growing up were gym and science. In his spare time, you might be able to catch this netminder listening to his favorite artist, Luke Bryan, or watching his favorite show, The Office. Blackwood's favorite kind of car is a truck and his favorite hockey player while growing up was Joe Sakic.
This Devil may not currently have any pets, but if he were to have one, he'd have a dog. His favorite superhero is Deadpool and his favorite food is sushi. If Blackwood wasn't a professional hockey player, he'd want to captain a fishing charter. In fact, you might be able to catch him fishing with some of his teammates during the offseason.
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