Acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay just last season it's easy to forget about Tokarski's winning ways. Canadian hockey fans are all too familiar with the nation's struggle to recapture gold at the annual World Junior Championships. Come this Boxing Day when the 2014 WJC begins Canada will enter the tournament having not touched gold since 2009. John Tavares Jamie Benn P.K. Subban were all a part of that 2009 team who have since reached star status at the NHL level. There was another key piece to that team that was outstanding in the 5-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal game. That player was Dustin Tokarski. By that point Tokarski was already coming off a Memorial Cup winning season in 2008 with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs. He also earned a Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's outstanding goaltender and the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player to his credit. Things were looking nowhere but up for the eventual 5th round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tokarski was even a part of the 2012 Norfolk Admirals that won the AHL Calder Cup posting a personal dominant 12-2 record with three shutouts and a 1.46 GAA and .944 SV%. However after not being able to solidify himself as a standout goalie within an already weak goaltending crop Tampa Bay elected to send Tokarski to the Montreal Canadiens organization in exchange for Cedrick Desjardins earlier this year. Tokarski would go on finish the season with Montreal's AHL affiliate the Hamilton Bulldogs posting a modest 6-8 record (with a 2.22 GAA and .927 SV%) on a team that finished dead last in the AHL standings.
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