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Ex-Habs goalie Cedrick Desjardins has Hollywood debut

Ex-Habs goalie Cedrick Desjardins has Hollywood debut

Norfolk Admirals Goalie Cedrick Desjardins

Goalie Cedrick Desjardins played for the Norfolk Admirals this season before being called up and making a Hollywood NHL debut Thursday. (Photo by Scott Slingsby)

Cedrick Desjardins’ NHL debut had a nightmare start to a Hollywood ending.

After giving up a goal on the first shot he faced in his first minute of his first game behind his new Tampa Bay Lightning team, Desjardins settled in to finish with 27 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens franchise that originally signed him as an undrafted 20-year-old back in 2006.

“It’s kind of Hollywood to play them my first game,” said Desjardins, who spent the last four seasons with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton before being traded to Tampa Bay last summer. “They gave me my chance at 20 years old and I’ll always be respectful for that. It’s a day I won’t forget.”

(Editor’s Note: Desjardins’ Cinderella story was extended with a second start Saturday. But after an even more impressive 34-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win over the Rangers, Desjardins was sent back down to AHL Norfolk following Tampa’s acquisition of veteran Dwayne Roloson in a trade)

There was no shortage of good angles to Desjardins’ debut, which came after he was called up for a holiday stint that was only supposed to involve a few practices and getting a feel for the NHL. His story also includes a long history with his new Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher that goes back even before spending last season together in the AHL, all the way back to junior. Both are detailed in this Tampa Tribune piece.

Desjardins history also includes playing with Sidney Crosby, and later for Canadiens legend Patrick Roy in junior, and the Hall of Fame goaltender weighed in with the St. Petersburg Times about his former stopper’s pending NHL debut. And, because no NHL debut would be complete without hearing from the proud parents, the Montreal Gazette informs us Desjardins actually sent his home a day too soon, in part because he didn’t want to ask Boucher if he would be starting against the Habs.

Finally, courtesy of the Lightning Blog, we video of Desjardins’ post-game thoughts. But be sure to check out InGoal’s Dec. 31 Daily Update for more on Desjardins’ debut, including a highlight reel spin move penalty shot by teammate Steven Stamkos that would have left goalies screaming just a few years ago – before the NHL changed the rules to make it legal.

About The Author

Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.