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Alaska’s Jeremy Swayman shines in NHL debut

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 5:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Another Alaskan has made it to the world’s premiere hockey league. Jeremy Swayman, of Anchorage, made his National Hockey League debut for the Boston Bruins Tuesday, and did so in impressive fashion.

The former South Anchorage Wolverine collected 40 saves in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, becoming the third Alaskan goaltender to appear in the NHL. Swayman, 22, faced no shortage of action, as the 42 shots sent his way were the most for a Bruin in their debut since Bernie Parent in 1965, according to the team.

Stopping all 13 shots in the opening period, Swayman continued to be peppered by the Flyers with his first goals allowed coming in the middle period. Outside of the two goals in a three and a half minute span to start the second, Swayman held the Flyers scoreless while his offense provided two third period goals to seal his first career victory.

Swayman, born and raised in Anchorage, is the seventh-youngest NHL goaltender to win in their debut. He is the 15th Alaskan-born player to skate in the NHL, joining Casey Bailey, Matt Carle, Joey Crabb, Brandon Dubinsky, Scott Gomez, Justin Johnson, Barrett Heisten, Jason Ryznar, Brian Swanson, Nate Thompson, Tim Wallace, B.J. Young and goaltenders Pheonix Copley and Ty Conklin.

A Hobey Baker finalist as one of top collegiate goaltenders at the University of Maine, the 6-foot-2 goaltender was selected in the 4th Round (111th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. With the AHL’s Providence Bruins, Swayman posted a 8-1-1 record with a 1.89 goals allowed average and a .933 save percentage. With the win, the Bruins improve to 20-10-6 at 46 points, good for fourth in the MassMutual East Division.

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