Tokarski sent to Bulldogs camp


Dustin Tokarski (Photo: Sam Chan/Wikipedia Commons)

Dustin Tokarski (Photo: Sam Chan/Wikipedia Commons)

Goaltender Dustin Tokarski has been assigned by the Montreal Canadiens to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old Tokarski appeared in one National Hockey League pre-season game with Montreal, sharing a shutout with Peter Budaj in a 6-0 Canadiens win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (Sept. 20). He split the 2012-13 American Hockey League season between the Bulldogs and Syracuse Crunch.

In 15 games with Hamilton, the 5’11”, 198-pound goalie had a record of 6-8-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts. In 33 games with Syracuse, he posted a record of 18-8-4 with a 2.46 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and three shutouts. His six shutouts last season were tied for second-most in the AHL.

He was acquired by the Canadiens from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 14, 2013, in exchange for goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

In 194 career regular season AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals, Crunch and Bulldogs, the Humboldt, Saskatchewan native has a record of 104-72-11 with a 2.45 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and 17 shutouts. In 2011-2012, Tokarski won the Calder Cup Championship with Norfolk after posting a 12-2 playoff record with a 1.46 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and three shutouts – all league-leading statistics.

The left-handed-catching goaltender has played in seven regular season NHL games with Tampa Bay, posting a 1-3-1 record with a 3.54 goals-against average and .871 save percentage. He was drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round, 122nd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.