David Rittich

David Rittich, Jr. (born 19 August 1992), nicknamed "Big Save Dave",[2] is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

David Rittich
Born (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992
Jihlava, Czechoslovakia[1]
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
BK Mladá Boleslav
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2014present

Playing career

Rittich made his Czech Extraliga debut with BK Mladá Boleslav during the 2014–15 Czech Extraliga season. After two successful performances in the ELH, Rittich was signed to a one-year, two-way contract on 10 June 2016, with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).[3]

Rittich made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of the Flames' final regular season game of the year.[4] He made 9 saves on 10 shots after replacing Brian Elliott in the third period to finish the game with a 3–2 loss.[5]

Rittich recorded his first NHL win in the 2017–18 season on 25 November 2017 in a game against the Colorado Avalanche.[6] In December 2017, the Flames traded their backup goaltender Eddie Läck away, making Rittich a full-time NHL goaltender for the first time as the backup to Mike Smith.[7] In his first season with the club, Rittich finished with an 8–6–3 record.

On 26 July 2018, the Flames re-signed Rittich to a one-year, $800,000 contract extension.[8]

On 10 November 2018, Rittich earned his first shutout in the NHL against the Los Angeles Kings in a 1–0 win with the only goal scored by Travis Hamonic.[9]

In July of 2019 the Flames re-signed David Rittich to a two year contract with an annual value of $2,750,000. [10]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2014–15 BK Mladá Boleslav ELH 23 8 15 0 1,218 64 0 3.15 .891
2015–16 BK Mladá Boleslav ELH 48 26 22 0 2,849 120 5 2.53 .917 10 4 6 638 34 1 3.20 .903
2016–17 Stockton Heat AHL 31 15 11 1 1,774 67 5 2.27 .924 4 2 1 167 8 0 2.88 .917
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .900
2017–18 Stockton Heat AHL 12 7 5 0 697 37 2 3.18 .889
2017–18 Calgary Flames NHL 21 8 6 3 1,009 49 0 2.92 .904
2018–19 Calgary Flames NHL 45 27 9 5 2,503 109 1 2.61 .911
NHL totals 67 35 15 8 3,531 159 1 2.70 .909

References

  1. "#33 David Rittich" (in Czech). Bkboleslav.cz. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. Gilbertson, Wes (20 November 2018). "'Big Save Dave' Rittich proving he can handle workload for Flames". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. "Flames sign goaltender David Rittich". Calgary Flames. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  4. Vickers, Aaron (9 April 2017). "FLAMES REWIND - 09.04.17". NHL.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  5. Gilmore, Eric (9 April 2017). "Sharks win, will finish third in Pacific". NHL.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018. David Rittich, who was called up from Stockton of the American Hockey League and made nine saves in his NHL debut.
  6. Yanover, Ari (25 November 2017). "Czech mate: Rittich leads Flames to victory". Calgary Flames. NHL. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  7. "Devils acquire goaltender Eddie Lack from Flames". NHL.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. Gilbertson, Wes. "Flames re-sign goaltender David Rittich, avoiding arbitration". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  9. Greenspan, Dan (11 November 2018). "Flames edge Kings as David Rittich records 1st career shutout". cbc.ca. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  10. https://calgarysun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/calgary-flames/flames-sign-netminder-rittich-to-two-year-contract


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