Swayman makes NHL debut, becomes third AK goalie to post win

April 6, 2021

Jeremy Swayman

Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman made a memorable NHL debut with the Boston Bruins, turning aside 40 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the City of Brotherly Love.

The 22-year-old rookie became the third Alaska goalie to play in the NHL and the 17th Alaskan to log ice time in the world’s premier hockey league.

He made 22 consecutive saves to end the game and earn the game’s second of three stars.

After his team spotted him a 2-0 lead after the first period, Swayman gave up his first goal to Jakub Voracek 93 seconds into the second period as the Flyers peppered him with seven shots in the first four minutes and tied the game at 2-2.

Swayman didn’t blink. Later in the second period he stopped a breakaway to keep the game tied.

He was called up yesterday from Boston’s AHL affiliate to fill a need in net with Tukkaa Rask out with an injury and Jaroslav Halak added to the COVID list.

Swayman, of South High fame, wore a mask with an image of Alaska on the back.

A year ago, Swayman was turning heads at the University of Maine. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and won the Mike Richter Award as college hockey’s best goalie.

He spent training camp with the Bruins and then was assigned to Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

He posted an 8-1 record in nine AHL starts with one shutout and a 1.89 goals-against average.

The former fourth-round draft pick was promoted and became the fourth goalie to play for the Bruins this season.

Boston sits fourth in the East Division with 46 points and a 20-10-6 record.

Swayman joined an exclusive group of Alaska goalies to win an NHL game. Anchorage’s Ty Conklin is No. 1 with 96 and North Pole’s Pheonix Copley is second with 16.

Swayman is now on the list with one, with more to come.