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Jon Gillies Makes Unbelievable Behind-The-Back Save

It’s only the pre-season, but we may have already found our save of the season.

Jon Gillies of the Calgary Flames started a pre-season game on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks, and made quite the impression on the home crowd. After a Wacey Hamilton one-timer was blocked in front, the puck skipped into the air and started to come down toward the ice behind the goaltender. Gillies turned it into a once-in-a-lifetime type of save:

Now this isn’t the first time that Gillies has made a sensational stop like this in pre-season play. Two years ago at the YoungStars tournament in Penticton, BC, he made a pad save against the Winnipeg Jets that turned some heads.

The Flames have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young goaltending talent, with Tyler Parsons, Mason McDonald and David Rittich waiting in the wings. This save by Gillies ensures that Flames fans won’t soon be forgetting about the 6-foot-6 former third-round pick.

Gillies made his NHL debut last season against the Los Angeles Kings. He stopped 27 shots in a 4-1 victory.

Even Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko had to give Gillies props after he made the big save:

Check out the full video of the save from NHL.com below:

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer, broadcaster, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario as the voice of the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks for CISL 650. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade. He is currently an instructor for Pro4 Sports, and is the goaltending consultant for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles.

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