On Saturday, April 8, rookie center Danny O'Regan scored his first career National Hockey League goal at home against the Calgary Flames in the final game of the 2016-17 regular season. The 23-year-old was playing in his third NHL game.
The Sharks were on the power play midway through the third period, up 2-1 on the Flames and looking for an insurance goal. Brent Burns had the puck at the point, and sent it across the blue line to his fellow defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Vlasic slapped a shot from the point at the net, which deflected off Dennis Wideman's stick and then was deflected again by O'Regan, who was standing in front of the net to distract the goalie.
Video: CGY@SJS: O'Regan nets first NHL goal with deflection
The goal was also O'Regan's first NHL point.
Danny O'Regan was the 138th overall pick (5th round) of the 2012 draft by the San Jose Sharks, and signed with the team after a successful college career in April 2016. O'Regan attended Boston University, where he scored 66 goals and 88 assists for 154 points in 154 games. O'Regan also played on Team USA's U18 team in 2011-12, with who he won a gold medal.
This season, Danny O'Regan joined the AHL's San Jose Barracuda for his first season of professional hockey and has lit up the league. O'Regan currently leads the AHL in rookie scoring with 55 points in 59 games, and was named to the AHL's All-Rookie team this week in recognition.