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Red Wings assign Pickard to Griffins

Jonathan Bernier activated from injured reserve

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Calvin Pickard to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and removed goaltender Jonathan Bernier from injured reserve.

Pickard has played 26 games for Grand Rapids this season and owns a 14-9-3 record, 2.87 goals-against average, 0.903 save percentage and two shutouts. Pickard won AHL Player of the Week on Jan. 13 prior to being recalled by Detroit and is 7-2-0 in his last nine appearances for the Griffins. Pickard, 27, made his Red Wings debut on Nov. 29 at Philadelphia, which marked the first of his three NHL appearances this season. Over parts of six NHL seasons, Pickard has a 32-52-9 record, 3.00 goal-against average, 0.905 save percentage and four shutouts with the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and Red Wings. He has also appeared in 224 career AHL games since 2011-12 with the Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage, Toronto Marlies, Tucson Roadrunners and Griffins, posting a 107-80-18 record, 2.64 goals-against average, 0.913 save percentage and 14 shutouts. Pickard also won a 2018 Calder Cup championship with Toronto.

Originally a second-round pick (49th overall) of the Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pickard signed a two-year contract with Detroit on July 1, 2019. The Moncton, New Brunswick, native is the Western Hockey League's all-time leader in saves (7,727) and minutes (14,025), combining for a 91-120-27 record, 3.29 goals-against average, 0.909 save percentage and 12 shutouts in four seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds (2008-12). He has also represented Canada at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Championships, winning a gold and silver medal, respectively. 

Calvin Pickard, Goalie

Born Apr 15 1992 -- Moncton, NB 

Height 6.01 -- Weight 208 -- Catches L

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