By Sean Moloney
Photo by Derek Cain / InGoal Magazine
Greetings all. I hope everyone had a great Summer and hope everyone’s ready for the new season. What follows is the first installment of a new feature myself and the great people here at Paramount Hockey are very excited about. It’s called behind the mask, and that’s where we’re going to take you. We’re going to feature Goaltenders at all levels of Hockey, and bring you not only their accomplishments but things about them as individuals as well. There are a lot of fascinating people who play the position, and we hope we can help you see them behind the mask.
Years from now the trivia question will inevitably be asked: Who was the first Goaltender to win a game for the Vegas Golden Knights? No, not Marc-Andre Fleury or Calvin Pickard. It was Dylan Ferguson. Sure It was just a pre-season game, but it was still the franchise’s first win. Ferguson, a 19-year-old from Lantzville, British Columbia, stopped 29 shots in a 9-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver. That win came 4 days after he stopped all 34 shots in a 4-0 win over the LA Kings in a Rookie game. The win over the Canucks was no doubt a special one for Ferguson, who as an 11-year-old Minor player led the Canucks onto their home Ice and stood next to Roberto Luongo in the pre-game. It’s been an eventful Summer for Ferguson, who was drafted by the Dallas Stars in June, then traded 2 days later to the Golden Knights. With the graduation of Canadian WJC Goaltender Connor Ingram, Ferguson will take over the starter’s role for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL where he backed up Ingram the past 2 seasons. It will be exciting to watch him continue to develop over the next few years and help the Golden Knights build a winning tradition in the desert.
In his own words:
“Becoming a great goaltender can’t come without a lot of sacrifice and patience. It’s not all going to happen in one day……You will go through adversity but use that adversity to make yourself stronger and make the most of every opportunity you get. Never doubt yourself and control what you can control.”