Katherine Harvath | December 19, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Nine former members of the University of Notre Dame hockey team have laced up their skates for a National Hockey League team thus far in the 2018-19 season, including Cal Petersen who made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings. Petersen became the first ever Fighting Irish goaltender to appear in an NHL game, the 33rd Irish player to appear in an NHL game and the 19th in head coach Jeff Jackson's tenure.
The Irish have played for eight NHL organizations in 2018-19, including the Arizona Coyotes (Vinnie Hinostroza), Boston Bruins (Anders Bjork), Colorado Avalanche (Ian Cole), Los Angeles Kings (Cal Petersen), New Jersey Devils (Kyle Palmieri), New York Islanders (Anders Lee), New York Rangers (Steven Fogarty) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (Bryan Rust and Riley Sheahan).
A seven-year veteran of the League and former Irish captain, Anders Lee was named the 15th captain of the New York Islanders organization prior to the start of the season based on his strong leadership skills. A 2009 sixth round draft pick, Lee has spent his entire career with the Islanders franchise after spending three years at Notre Dame. Through 32 games played in 2018-19, Lee ranks third on the team in points with 25 (12-13-25) and first in goals (12). In seven years with the team, Lee has tallied 232 points off 136 goals and 96 assists including a career-high 62 last season, netting 40 goals and adding 22 assists.
Petersen made his first career NHL start at the United Center on November 16, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 for his first career win. Three nights later, in St. Louis, he recorded his first NHL shutout, stopping all 29 shots fired at the net by the Blues. Appearing in 10 games for the Kings since his debut on November 13, Petersen holds a record of 4-4-1.
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