Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich is going to his first ever NHL All-Star Game.
The league announced on Wednesday that Rittich will serve as the replacement for injured Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper on the Pacific Division team. Kuemper is currently sidelined on a week-to-week basis with a lower-body injury.
Originally undrafted, the Flames signed Rittich in May, 2016, after he spent two years playing professionally in the Czech league. He eventually worked his way up the Flames’ depth chart and played a role in their 2018-19 turnaround that saw them finish as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
After splitting time with Mike Smith a year ago, this is his first year as the Flames’ No. 1 goalie.
The NHL All-Star weekend takes place January 24-25 in St. Louis.
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