Tokarski Named CHL Goaltender of the Week

(CHL Release) The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 12. With a record of 3-0-1-0, Tokarski posted a goals-against-average of 1.27 and a save percentage of .956 in four games.

Trailing 2-0 to the Vancouver Giants in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference semi-final, Tokarski and the Chiefs hosted the Giants for game three Tuesday night. He made 16 saves in the 5-2 win and was named third star of the game. On Wednesday night he stopped all 41 shots he faced in the 1-0 shutout win as first star of the game to tie the series 2-2. 41 saves is the most Tokarski has recorded in regulation time this season. Tokarski was again named first star of the game Friday night in the second longest game in WHL playoff history. After 126 minutes and five seconds of hockey and 60 saves for Tokarski, the Chiefs prevailed 3-2 in the fourth overtime period to take the series lead. In another lengthy battle Sunday, Tokarski made 37 saves in the double-overtime loss to the Giants. The best-of-seven series is now tied 3-3 with game seven Tuesday night in Vancouver with the winner to face the Kelowna Rockets.

Tokarski, a 19-year-old from Watson, SK, is in his third WHL season with the Chiefs. The 2008 Memorial Cup MVP led all WHL goaltenders with a regular season goals-against-average of 1.97 and save percentage of .937. His seven shutouts were tied for a league-high. Tokarski, a 2008 fifth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, backstopped Team Canada to gold at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships.