PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Johnstown goaltender Dany Sabourin became the 221st former ECHL player to advance to the National Hockey League on Wednesday. Sabourin started and made 24 saves for Calgary in its 4-3 overtime loss at Dallas.
“I felt good in the net,” said Sabourin, who stopped 19 of 20 shots over the first two periods in his NHL debut. “I made a great stop before the second goal and I was hoping that would carry us through. It just didn’t.”
Selected in the fourth round (108th overall) by Calgary in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Sabourin was 14-10-1 with a 3.28 goals against average and a .892 save percentage in 27 games for Johnstown in 2001-02 and 4-9-1 with a 3.72 goals against average and a .879 save percentage in 19 games with the Chiefs in 2000-01. The 23-year-old Sabourin becomes the second former Chief to make his NHL debut this season, joining Garrett Burnett, who played for Anaheim on October 8, and is the 19th former Johnstown player to advance to the NHL.
Sabourin becomes the sixth ECHL player to make his NHL debut in 2003-04, joining Travis Brigley, who played for Colorado on October 26; Burnett; Andrew Hutchinson, who played for Nashville on October 18; Boyd Kane, who played for Philadelphia on October 16; and Michael Ryder, who played for Montreal on October 9.
There were 90 ECHL players that played in the NHL in 2002-03, including 20 that made their first-ever appearance. The 20 players who made their NHL debut in 2002-03 were: Francois Beauchemin (Montreal), Zdenek Blatny (Atlanta), Joe Corvo (Los Angeles), Fedor Fedorov (Vancouver), Vern Fiddler (Nashville), Brian Finley (Nashville), Simon Gamache (Atlanta), Ryan Kraft (San Jose), Kent McDonell (Columbus), Brett McLean (Chicago), Rick Mrozik (Calgary), Cody Rudkowsky (St. Louis), Curtis Sanford (St. Louis), Cam Severson (Anaheim), Mike Siklenka (Philadelphia), Chris Schmidt (Los Angeles), Jerred Smithson (Los Angeles), Tim Thomas (Boston), John Tripp (New York Rangers) and Matt Walker (St. Louis).