Demko Stands Out in CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
Sept. 27, 2013
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PITTSBURGH – Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko was instrumental in Team Johnson’s 5-2 victory over Team Mullen on Thursday night as part of the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at CONSOL Energy Center.
The San Diego, Calif., native started for Team Johnson, stopping all six shots faced in 28:23 minutes of work.
The 6-3 backstopper posted a 30-9-4 mark with six shutouts for the U.S. National Team Develop Program U-18 team last season. In 46 games, Demko posted a 2.08 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He also started all seven contests for the United States en route to a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia. In that span, Demko totaled a 2.24 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.
"He's a huge, strong goalie with excellent net coverage; he has that NHL presence in the net," Central Scouting's Al Jensen told NHL.com. "He is more of a positional-style goalie, relying on his angles and size. He plays big in his stance and when he drops in the butterfly, gets his body in front of a lot of shots. He's smart at reading the play and gets set quickly."
Leading up to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Demko is the only collegiate goaltender with an “A” rating on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary players to watch list. The Californian was the youngest goalie invited to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., this past August.
Boston College starts the 2013-14 season with an exhibition contest at Conte Forum against St. Francis Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. before officially kicking off the season with a road tilt at Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. The season opener in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be broadcast on Comcast.