Wake up, start your week, and dive into the Monday Morning GDI Goalie News! Who stopped the most shots… which netminder rebounded from a tough loss… who had the best performance of the week? Look below, get your goalie fix to start the week. Here we go!
NHL - Stanley Cup Champions L.A Kings:When NHL rosters expand for the playoffs, the injured players working their way back to the lineup and the AHL call-ups make up the "Black Aces". They practice with the team daily and are there in case of injury or a needed roster move has to take place. Some times, Black Aces find their way into a playoff team's lineup. For Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones, disaster didn't strike in goal, but the their was definitely a jolt of glory sent into the tandem of the three Kings guarding the net. Jones and 10 others were recalled on April 30 as the Kings were in the middle of sweeping the St. Louis Blues. Since then, he's been the extra netminder at practice and tended goal when players want some extra work or Jonathan Quick or Jonathan Bernier are given a breather. He knew if he found himself playing for the Kings during the playoffs, that meant injuries to Quick and Bernier or the either of them is playing very, very, very poorly. Jones went undrafted in 2008 and ended up earning a contract with the Kings during a tryout camp the following fall. After finishing up with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League Jones has spent the past two seasons with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. Having to work to even be considered for a Black Ace role, Jones feels a bit of vindication for the call-up. "It's nice to know that they wanted me to be a part of this," said Jones. "Going undrafted, it wasn't a good feeling, but good motivation to keep working hard and get where I wanted to get." For more on this article Click Here.
Jets Look to Future - Kasdorf Heading to College Next Season:On Friday the Winnipeg Free Press posted an article that had Kevin Cheveldayoff answering several questions about the state of the Winnipeg Jets goaltending depth. With still several questions to be answered in goal, the Jets now prepare for next weekends 2012 NHL Draft where teams look to select the next crop of NHL superstars on June 22-23, 2012 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. When Cheveldayoff was asked how the Jets Winnipeg born 2011 drafted goaltender was progressing he proclaimed, "from a depth standpoint, we drafted Jason Kasdorf last year and he's going to go to college, and that will let him develop and continue, so that makes him more of a longer-term project." Kazzy is committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for next year. This past season he was 10-16-5 with a 3.43 GAA and three shutouts on the USHL Des Moines Buccaneers. Currently Kasdorf has been training with GDI Prairies diligently to prepare for next season.
C-Dubs Finds Gold at the North American Classic:Many young goaltenders wrapped up their final stint with spring hockey over this weekend by playing in the North American Summer Hockey Classic. Noting a few GDI goaltenders that participated in the tournament are: Eric Samyn, Zachary Bennett, Mitch Adamyk, Josh Peterson, Noah Gilbert, Colin Wiebe(Picture on right),... to name a few. Fore more info on the tournament Click Here.
THE WEEKLY WORD:
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