A goalie who suffered a life-threatening injury two years ago was named the OHL's goaltender of the week to open the 2021-22 season.
Niagara IceDogs goalie Tucker Tynan earned the honour Monday after going 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in a pair of contests.
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Tynan, 19, was playing for the first time since suffering a deep laceration to his thigh after a collision in the crease against the London Knights on Dec. 12, 2019.
IceDogs general manager Joey Burke said at the time that the collaborative efforts of both teams’ training staffs and on-ice personnel saved Tynan’s life.
The Chicago native was tended to by medical staff from both teams on the ice before being carted off on a stretcher and taken to hospital. He had surgery and was released five days later.
The team said Tynan underwent another surgery in January 2020 “to ensure his muscle (was) re-attaching properly."