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RIMMER LIVING IN THE MOMENT
By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 09/25/2013
Ty Rimmer really is living in the moment. The last week has been life-changing for the Edmonton, Alberta native. He attended training camp with the hometown Oilers and after being assigned to Oklahoma City, signed his first professional contract on Tuesday. Rimmer is one of four goaltenders currently in Oklahoma City vying for the team’s two spots.
“It’s a great opportunity to be with an American Hockey League club,” Rimmer said. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for a long time. To finally get here under contract is definitely an accomplishment.”
Rimmer participated in first on-ice session with the Barons Tuesday morning, and hopes this new chapter is just the beginning of a successful professional career. He logged workhorse minutes with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL last year.
Rimmer broke a 24-year old Hurricanes record for saves in a single season during 2012-13 with 2,106. He played 65 games for Lethbridge and recorded a 24-30-10 record with a 3.19 goals against average and .912 save percentage. His career WHL goals against average is 3.00 with a .910 save percentage and 4,619 career saves. He went 74-65-14 with 10 shutouts and 9,081 minutes played.
“I had a lot of work last year in Lethbridge and played a lot of games,” he said. “I faced a lot of shots. I feel I’m ready to take on that workload at the professional level. I just hope to make a smooth transition to the professional game.”
When asked about his experience at camp in Edmonton, Rimmer was in awe of the events that transpired over the course of his time there. He’s grateful for the chance and hopeful to return.
“It was surreal,” Rimmer said of participating in an NHL training camp. “I’ve had a couple of days to sit and think on it now. I still really can’t describe it. It’s that hometown feeling. Playing in front of a sold out crowd at Rexall Place was something I’m never going to forget. Hopefully, I’m going to get back there maybe next year or the year after.”
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