Former Husky Dowd Makes NHL Debut

Former SCSU player Nic Dowd made his nhl DEBUT VS THE MInnesota Wild on March 22 (photo prout)

Former SCSU player Nic Dowd made his NHL debut vs the MInnesota Wild on March 22 (photo prout)

SAINT PAUL, MN- Nic Dowd last donned an SCSU jersey on March 30, 2014 in the championship game of the NCAA West Regional. The Huskies were blanked 4-0 by the University of Minnesota and thwarted from a second consecutive Frozen Four appearance. A four-year player, the gregarious Dowd, a Huntsville, Alabama native accomplished much at St. Cloud State University. Besides leading SCSU as a captain, he led the team to their only Frozen Four appearance in 2012-13, was a Hobey Hat Trick Finalist (among numerous other awards) and amassed 121 points on 52 goals and 69 assists. A 7th round draft choice of the LA Kings in 2009, Dowd signed with the club following the 2013-14 collegiate season and was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. After winning the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship in 2014-15 the Monarchs relocated to California as the Ontario Reign.

After patiently waiting for his opportunity after 139 American Hockey league games putting up 41 points in 2014-15 and 47 points in 57 games thus far this season, Dowd finally earned a roster spot with the Kings Tuesday night vs the Minnesota Wild as left-wing Tanner Pearson was unavailable. Although Dowd was apparently advised he’d be called up on Monday, March 21, it was not formally announced until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, the 22nd that he’d be in uniform vs the Wild. Thus, this was a surprise to all who follow Dowd’s career including this writer who just happened to have been invited to the Wild game that evening.

The energetic Dowd certainly had a successful debut skating in 16 shifts, getting 12:15 minutes of ice time and winning 5 of 8 face-offs for a credible 62.5%. Dowd finished +1 and was whistled for a penalty early in the second period for goalie interference. He also logged about a minute of ice time on a successful power play conversion by the Kings. Dowd, played a physical brand of hockey, controlled the puck well along the boards, was strong on face-offs and had several bona fide opportunities to score in the contest. Dowd looked like he belonged on the ice and it would probably behoove the Kings to give Dowd additional playing time down the stretch.

Dowd told LA Times reporter Lisa Dillman ” I felt really good. The adrenaline really kicked in. I was fortunate my shift was in the O-zone, not the D-zone. It hit me most when I stepped on the ice for warm ups. I always pictured the first time I saw my name on the back of a jersey would be something where I felt like I could maybe do this for a living. Seeing that today was something I’ll never forget”

When asked about making his debut at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota not far from his Alma Mater he said ” I was pretty excited to know I was going to debut in Minnesota, this state means a lot to me, the culture here is awesome, going to St. Cloud and stuff like that I had a lot of people in the stands that I wouldn’t be here without them.”  When asked how many people were here for you tonight “I don’t know exactly, I mean there were a half a dozen to a dozen important people in my life, and I’m sure there were a lot more supporting me too.”

Dowd called up by Kings

Kings lose their second in a row on the road, falling to Minnesota, 2-1

 

March 22 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Toffoli, Dowd

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