Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, congratulate goaltender Jon Gillies on making his NHL debut tonight and earning his first NHL win as the Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings by a 4-1 final.
Gillies, 23, stopped 27 shots to earn the win in his NHL debut and joins a list of just four other goaltenders in franchise history to earn the win in his NHL debut, joining Jim Craig, Tyler Moss, Henrik Karlsson and Reto Berra, who was the most recent goalie to pick up a win in his debut back on November 3, 2012 in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Gillies has played 38 games for the Stockton Heat this season, leading the team with 17 wins and posting a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .909 save-percentage. The goaltender has played a total of 45 games in his AHL career, all with the Stockton Heat, posting a 19-17-5 record along with three shutouts, including his pro debut for the Heat in the inaugural game on October 10, 2015, stopping 19-shots to earn his first pro shutout over the Rockford IceHogs.
The Calgary Flames finish the regular season on Saturday in San Jose at the SAP Center as the team takes on the San Jose Sharks. Calgary has already clinched a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Heat will take on the Sharks farm team, the San Jose Barracuda, in a home-and-home series starting in Stockton on Saturday at 7:30 for Oliver Kylington Bobblehead Night presented by Central State Credit Union. The first 500 kids 12-years-old and younger will take home a bobblehead featuring the Swedish defenseman, who made his NHL debut last year in a win over the Minnesota Wild on April 9, 2016.
The Heat are also in the thick of a playoff race, currently holding the fourth and final spot in the Pacific Division with five games remaining on the regular season schedule.
For tickets to this Saturday’s matchup at Stockton Arena, or the three other remaining home games including Military Appreciation Night on Friday, April 14, call 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com.