Goalie Cedrick Desjardins Returns to Admirals Following Successful NHL Debut
TAMPA BAY, Fla. Ė The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned goaltender Cedrick Desjardins (SEHD-rihk deh-ZHAHR-dai) to the Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Desjardins, 6-foot, 192 pounds, played in two games with the Lightning after being recalled on December 20, making his NHL debut and earning his first win Thursday against Montreal (27 saves on 28 shots). He made 34 saves on 35 shots faced in a 2-1 overtime win against the New York Rangers last night. In his two games, Desjardins posted a 2-0-0 record with a .964 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.
Desjardins has played in 18 games with the Admirals this season, posting a 12-5-1 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. He is 8-1-0 in his previous nine decisions with Norfolk, posting a .909 save percentage in that time. Desjardins remains tied for ninth in the AHL for wins.
Last season he led the AHL in goals-against average, ranked second in shutouts, fourth in wins and was tied for sixth in save percentage. His success earned him an appearance in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, in which he was named top goaltender during the skills competition, as well as landed him on the 2010 AHL Second All-Star Team following the season. In 108 career AHL games between the Admirals and Hamilton Bulldogs, Desjardins has a 61-32-6 record with a 2.39 goals-against average.
A native of Edmunston, New Brunswick, Desjardins played in 128 QMJHL games with the Rimouski Oceanic and Quebec Remparts during his junior career, posting a 67-47-4 record. In 2006, he helped backstop Quebec to the CHLís Memorial Cup by posting a 3-1 record with a .926 save percentage en route to being named top goaltender and to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team. Desjardins also aided the Oceanic, along with Sidney Crosby, to the 2005 Memorial Cup where they fell to the London Knights.
Desjardins went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by Montreal on March 7, 2008.
The Admirals will wrap up a quick two-game road trip this evening with a 5:00 matchup against the Hershey Bears. Due to Washington Redskins football there will not be a radio broadcast of the game on 102.1-FM or 1490-AM. However, you can follow all of the action online at 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope next weekend to battle the Connecticut Whale on Friday and Saturday nights. The puck drops on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the first 75 children ages 14 and younger will receive an Admirals Zamboni Bank courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John's Tax Service, WAVY-TV 10 and WTKR NewsChannel3. Saturday is Special Olympics Night, presented by SunTrust, with discounted tickets available through norfolkadmirals.com to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia.
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