Lightning reassign goaltender Dustin Tokarski to Norfolk
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Dustin Tokarski (toh-KAHR-skee) to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Tokarski, 22, has played in five games with the Lightning this season, posting a 1-3-1 record with a 3.44 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. He earned his first career NHL victory on March 13 against the Boston Bruins, making 33 saves on 34 shots and was named the game’s second star.
A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski has played in 40 games with the Admirals this season, posting a 27-11-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He also has four shutouts. Prior to being recalled to Tampa Bay, Tokarski had won eight consecutive games for the Admirals (a franchise AHL record at the time) with two shutouts in that time and was 13-2-0 in his previous 15 decisions. Tokarski currently leads the AHL in wins.
The 6-foot, 197-pound goaltender helped Canada to the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He turned aside 39 of 40 shots in the Gold Medal Game against Sweden as Canada won, 5-1. Tokarski also backstopped the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL to the Memorial Cup in 2008.
Tokarski was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 122nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.