Utica, NY – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thatcher Demko from the Utica Comets. In a separate transaction, the Canucks have reassigned goaltender Michael Garteig to the Comets from the Kalamazoo Wings.
Demko, 21, has appeared in seven games for the Comets this season, posting a record of 4-2-0. His 1.85 GAA and .939 save percentage rank fourth and second in the League, respectively (minimum of five games played).
The 6-4, 204-pound native of San Diego, California made his professional debut last season, posting a record of 22-17-4, .907 save percentage and 2.68 GAA with the Comets, which also included a six-game winning streak in the month of March.
Garteig, 25, has appeared in two games with the Kalamazoo Wings this season posting a record of 2-0-0 with a .903 save percentage and a 3.50 goals against average. The goaltender appeared in eight games with the Comets last season collecting a record of 0-4-1 with a .897 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average.
In 2015-16, he completed his senior season with Quinnipiac University, leading the Bobcats to the ECAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA National Championship. In 43 games played, the Prince George, British Columbia, native posted a record of 32-4-7, along with a career-best .924 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average.
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