Tokarski, Dustin

NA Juniors Game Night: 12/19

World Junior Championships (exhibition)
Canada 4 vs. Sweden 2
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: 0-0-0
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 8 saves on 8 shots in half a game

I'll let the Canadian Press intro this:

> The biggest statement in the battle between John Tavares and Victor Hedman was made by Dana Tyrell.

While the rock-solid forward won't supplant either of those players as the top pick in next year's draft - Tyrell signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay last week - he made the biggest impact on Friday night.

Literally.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/16

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Vancouver Giants 8
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-16-29, +20, 14 PIM

Wright’s 13th goal of the season matched his career-high, set last year in 60 games.

Around the WHL: Spokane, playing without Dustin Tokarski while he is preparing for the WJCs with Team Canada, dropped a 3-2 decision to Medicine Hat.

Team Canada notes: Understandably, Tokarski didn't get much sleep Sunday night awaiting Canada's final decision on who would make the team (Ottawa Citizen):

Bolts Get Two on Team Canada

TSN.ca is announcing Team Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship, and for the first time two Lightning draftees will be on the squad.

Two-way winger/center Dana Tyrell of the WHL's Prince George Cougars, a 2007 2nd round draft choice, is one of just 12 forwards named to the team. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, a 2008 fifth round pick from Spokane of the WHL, is one of two goalies, joining Tri-City's Chet Pickard.

A character forward known for his work ethic, physical play, and scoring, Tyrell currently leads Prince George with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points in 30 games. The 19 year old nicknamed "Whiskers" also serves as captain of the Cougars.

Tokarski leads the WHL in save percentage (.938) and shutouts (4) and is second in goals against average (1.97) to Vancouver's Jamie Tucker, who has now played in the minimum amount of games to be counted among that category's leaders.

The Lightning have not had a draftee on Team Canada since Brad Richards in 1999-2000.

Tampa Bay joins St. Louis, L.A., and Buffalo as the only NHL teams to place multiple prospects on the team.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/12

Canada WJC Selection Camp Red-White Game
White 6 vs. Red 3
W/C Dana Tyrell, Red: 0-0-0
G Dustin Tokarski, White: 18 saves on 20 shots

Tokarski performed well after replacing division rival Chet Pickard at the halfway point of the game. He would allow John Tavares' second and third goals of the game.

Tyrell lined up on a checking unit with big Rimouski center Patrice Cormier (New Jersey) and Atlanta prospect Angelo Esposito. Known as a scorer for the Montreal Juniors, TSN reported Esposito was being tried in a two-way role next to shut-down expert Cormier and the defensive savvy Tyrell.

CHL: Scoresheet sightings for Courtnall, Barberio, DeCoste, and Witkowski ...

N.A. Juniors Game Night 12/9: Tokarski Blanks Bruins

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 6
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-6-0-3, 2.75 GAA, .908 sv%, 2 shutouts

Jung go the night off and watched from the bench as Cam Lanigan stopped 18 shots for the win. The Oil Kings (15-17-1-3) sit in 5th in the Central Division, three points back of Kootenay. Edmonton is 10-8-0-3 since Jung joined the club.

Spokane Chiefs 1 @ Chilliwack Bruins 0
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 23 saves, shutout
Season totals: 27 GP, 16-9-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .938 sv%, 4 shutouts

Tokarski re-gained a share of the CHL shutout lead by stopping 23 shots for a close win over Chilliwack. Tokarski and Lethbridge’s Juha Metsola (undrafted) both have four shutouts in the WHL, and Windsor’s Andrew Engelage (undrafted) has four in the OHL.

This was the last game before Tokarski joins Team Canada WJC hopefuls in Ottawa on Thursday.

N.A. Juniors Game Night 12/6: Crazy Night in the CHL

Goaltenders combine for two goals in the Q ... and Mitch Fadden causes a downpour of stuffed animals in Tri-City.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/3

Holyfield vs. Tyson? ... Stars for Tokarski and Jung.

Tyrell, Tokarski Named to Team Canada WJC Selection Camp

Lightning prospects Dana Tyrell and Dustin Tokarski are two of 38 players invited by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League to Canada's National Junior selection camp from Dec.11-15 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, Ont., and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Que.

Tyrell previously attended Canada's summer camp in 2007, and Tokarski attended the 2008 summer camp. Neither has world junior experience.

Tokarski joins Chet Pickard (Tri-City [Nashville]), Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver Giants [San Jose]) and Jake Allen (Montreal [St. Louis]) as possible goaltenders for Team Canada - a role with much fanfare and criticism.

Tyrell is currently 12th in the WHL in scoring with 18 goals and 17 assists in 27 games. The Prince George captain is versatile enough to play on all four lines and plays a high-character physical game, which could help his chances of making the team.

Tokarski is second in the entire CHL in shutouts (tie-3), is second in save percentage (.937) to the OHL's Mike Murphy of Bellville [Carolina], and is fourth in the CHL in goals against average (2.02, second in WHL). He backstopped the Spokane Chiefs to the 2008 WHL and Memorial Cup championships, earning Memorial Cup MVP honors in the process. He also led his Prince Albert Mintos to the prestigious Telus Cup national midget championship two years ago with a 61 save performance in triple overtime in the final game.

The last Lightning draftee to play for Team Canada's WJC squad was Brad Richards in 2000. Steven Stamkos played for the Canadians last year but was not yet drafted by the Lightning. Stamkos is eligible to play again this year, but it is highly unlikely the rookie will leave the NHL to do so.

2008 Selection Camp Invitees

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/30

Game stars for Jung, Fadden, and Tyrell ... Tokarski's struggles continue.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/28

Fadden gets the best of Tokarski ... Barberio back in the goal column.
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