He watched teammate Artemi Panarin net his first NHL goal in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2015-16 home opener on Wednesday, so Chicago rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk decided to get into the act himself as he potted his first NHL marker in his team’s 4-1 win Saturday over the New York Islanders at the United Center.
With the Blackhawks working in the Islanders’ zone early in the first period, Chicago forward Patrick Kane gained control of the puck near the right point. Kane then skated forward and, with teammates van Riemsdyk and Artem Anisimov working in front of Islanders goaltender J.F. Berube, fired a shot towards the net.
Van Riemsdyk, who starred for the University of New Hampshire before turning pro after the 2013-14 NCAA season, signed a two-year deal with the Blackhawks this summer after suffering through an injury-shortened 2014-15 season. Van Riemsdyk, brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, began last season in Chicago only to suffer a knee injury that eventually led to some time in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs, where he suffered yet another injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season.
But the New Jersey native’s season wasn’t all bad as he returned to play for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final, which gave him the chance to hoist the NHL’s top prize as Chicago won their third league championship in five years.
Trevor van Riemsdyk got his name on the Stanley Cup before scoring his first NHL goal. Now he’s got that, too.
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) October 11, 2015
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