Dustin Tokarski Returns, Nagle Sent Back To ECHL

- Norfolk Admirals / John Wright

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned goaltender Dustin Tokarski (toh-KAHR-skee) to the Admirals. In addition, the Lightning have also reassigned goaltender Pat Nagle from the Admirals to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. Both announcements were made today by Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman.

Tokarski, 22, has played in five games with the Lightning this season, posting a 1-3-1 record with a 3.44 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. He earned his first career NHL victory on March 13 against the Boston Bruins, making 33 saves on 34 shots while being named the game’s second star.

A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski has played in 40 games with the Admirals this season, posting a 27-11-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He also has four shutouts. Prior to being recalled to Tampa Bay, Tokarski had won eight consecutive games for the Admirals (an AHL Admirals franchise record at the time) with two shutouts during that span. He was also 13-2-0 in his previous 15 decisions. Tokarski currently leads the AHL in wins.

Tokarski has appeared in 141 career AHL games – all with the Admirals – from 2009-10 to the present, posting a 75-56-7 record with 10 shutouts, a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. His last victory with the Admirals on March 3 against the Springfield Falcons tied him with Michael Leighton for the most career wins in Admirals history.

Tokarski played three seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, posting a 77-39-7 record in 124 games with a 2.18 goals-against average. He backstopped the Chiefs to the 2008 Memorial Cup Championship, while being named the most valuable player in the playoffs, the top goaltender in the playoffs and was named to the playoff All-Star Team.

Tokarski helped Canada to the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He turned aside 39 of 40 shots in the Gold Medal Game against Sweden as Canada won, 5-1.

The 22-year-old was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 122nd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Nagle, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, served seven games as Norfolk’s backup goaltender after being reassigned to the Admirals from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades on March 7. He has appeared in 38 games with the Everblades this season, posting a 19-14-0-3 record with one shutout, a 2.90 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. The pro rookie is tied for ninth overall in wins in the ECHL this season and is fourth in wins among ECHL rookies. Nagle has won five of his last seven games with the Everblades, posting a 5-2-0 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in that stretch.

A 24-year-old native of Bloomfield, Michigan, Nagle played in 101 career games with the Ferris State (Mich.) Bulldogs from 2007-10. During that time, he recorded a 2.32 GAA and a .916 save percentage with a 45-42-11 record with five shutouts. Nagle was named to the All-CCHA First Team in 2010-11 and was named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate. He received CCHA Preseason Second-Team honors and was also selected to Inside College Hockey.com’s First-Half All-CCHA Team.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Nagle played under Admirals head coach Jon Cooper with the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL.

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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