A Penticton Vees alum got called up to the big league and even put in some playing time with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes last night.
Goaltender Hunter Miska, who played with the Vees for two seasons and helped them to a BCHL and Western Canada Cup championship, was recalled to the Coyotes on Nov. 7 from their American Hockey League affiliate — the Tuscon Roadrunners — due to an emergency when regular net minder Antti Raanta suffered a lower-body injury.
Miska was playing backup to Darcy Kuemper for the past few games. On Tuesday night, Miska came in to relieve Kuemper in the third period with the Red Wings holding a 5-0 lead. The Coyotes ended up losing the match 6-1, with Miska turning away eight of the nine shots he faced.
“It was pretty crazy, actually,” Miska said on the Coyotes website. “Surreal. It’s a dream come true to be able to step foot on the game sheet and get some action in. It was a little bit faster than what I’m used to in the American (Hockey) League, so it was a little bit of a transition.”
Miska, 23, has a 3-3-1 record with a 3.11 goals against average and a .901 save percentage in seven games with the Roadrunners this season.
“We couldn’t capitalize early.”
Hear from Miska and Chychrun after tonight’s game in Detroit: pic.twitter.com/a43mehmept
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) November 14, 2018
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