In need of a goalie for Tuesday, Bruins could call on Swayman

March 16, 2021

Jeremy Swayman

Winning his first seven starts in the minor leagues has Jeremy Swayman of Anchorage in the mix to make his NHL debut tomorrow night.

The Boston Bruins need a goalie for Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second game of a back-to-back road series and signaled that the 22-year-old goalie could get called up from their AHL affiliate in Providence.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that Tuesday’s netminder would likely be either Dan Vladar or Swayman, who are teammates with Providence. Boston has one goalie coming off an injury and another goalie the team doesn’t want to start on consecutive nights, so they are reaching into the farm system.

Swayman has posted a 7-0 record with a 1.57 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. He was just named AHL Player of the Week for the first time.

Vladar is 2-2-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .923 save percentage. He has appeared in one playoff game in his career but has never started a NHL game.

Swayman, of South High fame, is fresh out of the University of Maine, where he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and Mike Ritcher Award winner as college hockey’s top goalie.

He has no NHL experience but did spent training camp with the Bruins before the season and is currently on the team’s taxi squad, so he has spent some time on and off the ice with the big club.

If he does play, Swayman would be the 17th Alaskan to appear in a NHL game.