Big Save Dave is an all-star.
The Calgary Flames netminder was named to the all-star game for the Pacific Division Wednesday replacing an injured Arizona Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper.
For Rittich, it’s his first NHL all-star game as he joins fellow Flames Matthew Tkachuk and Mark Giordano. This season, the Flames goalie has posted an 18-11-5 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.79 GAA.
“I’m playing more than I did before and I feel really good about my game,” Rittich told the Flames website. “I know I had a couple of bad games but most parts of games were good and I feel really good.
“This means a lot for me. Right now, I can kind of say I’m with the best players in the world in the All-Star Game. It’s going to be huge for me and it for sure can help me, for my next steps in my career.
“I feel really confident with my play. For sure too, the guys in front of me are doing a really good job and helping me out every time.”
The NHL all-star game is set for Jan. 25 in St. Louis.
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