Former Spokane Chiefs goaltender Dustin Tokarski is among five Western Hockey League Alumni who have claimed this year’s American Hockey League Calder Cup with the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers, an affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, defeated the Chicago Wolves, an affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights, 5-3 Saturday to win the series in five games.
Tokarski is a Calder Cup Champion for the second time in his career, having previously won the trophy with the Norfolk Admirals in 2012. He spent the entirety of his WHL career with the Chiefs, winning a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup in 2008. Tokarski was named the recipient of the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player at the Memorial Cup that year. That summer, Tokarski was selected in the fifth round, 122nd overall, by the New York Rangers at the NHL Draft.
In 129 WHL regular season games, Tokarski has compiled a 77-39-1-6, 2.18 goals-against average, 0.925 save percentage, and 15 shutouts. In 39 WHL Playoff games, he has a 25-8-6 record, 1.69 GAA, 0.939 SV%, and four shutouts.
Internationally, Tokarski won gold with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Also playing a part in the Checkers’ regular season and playoff success were Jake Bean (Calgary, Alta. / Tri-City Americans), Haydn Fleury (Carlyle, Sask. / Red Deer Rebels), Morgan Geekie (Strathclair, Man. / Tri-City Americans) and Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg, Man. / Brandon Wheat Kings).