For Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman, facing the Colorado Avalanche was something he had dreamed of doing.
The Alaskan-born goalie played for the Pikes Peak Miners in Colorado Springs during his U18 season, a team in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (RMJHL). He also still has friends in that area.
“It was pretty special,” said Swayman. “It was kind of a dream to play against the Avs one day. That was definitely fun to do.”
Swayman stopped 28 shots against the Avalanche in Boston’s 5-1 win over Colorado Monday afternoon. The Avs, the number one team in the NHL in terms of points, also rank number one in the league in goals per game, with 3.92.
“Anytime me or Linus (Ullmark) go in net, we both want what’s best for the team, and we want to win,” Swayman said. “I love being in net and being able to get points for this team. So, it’s a good day, and we’re happy with the win.”
The 23-year-old netminder isn’t even supposed to be with the Bruins right now, as he was sent down when Tuukka Rask made his comeback to Boston. But, after just a couple of games, the longtime Bruins netminder announced his retirement after a health setback that made him abort his comeback attempt.
That prompted Swayman’s return to the NHL, and his return has been rather successful — despite a few road bumps.
“It’s been a lot of experiences going up and down and things not going your way sometimes,” he said. “I’ve definitely learned to adapt and stay in the moment. Taking the positives from the day before and forgetting about it good or bad. I’m doing whatever I can to capture the day at hand and make the most of the opportunity.”