Dekanich Makes NHL Debut with Nashville

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images
Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mark Dekanich, a former Colgate standout, made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut Saturday with Nashville, replacing starting goaltender Anders Lindback midway through the first period in the Predators' 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Dekanich, who was recalled December 4 from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), replaced Lindback at 9 minutes, 59 seconds of the first period with Nashville trailing 3-1. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native stopped 22 of 25 shots in 49 minutes, 59 seconds of action. 

 "It's a privilege to play at this level," Dekanich said. "I didn't get very many bounces tonight. That's the way it goes. I'm sure I will remember it for the rest of my life. It's something that a lot of kids dream about but never get the chance to do."

Dekanich was called up December 3 after a lower-body injury knocked Rinne out for 10 days. He spent seven games backing up goaltender Lindback.

"To play in the NHL, that's what I've been striving for my whole life," Dekanich said. "I'm going to try to learn from it and build off it."