The Vancouver Canucks should all try to get inside Thatcher Demko’s head. No, seriously. Hockey is a lot simpler in there.
The prospect anointed the franchise’s goalie of the future from the day he was drafted in 2014 should finally get a chance this weekend, probably Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres, to start a game as a National Hockey League regular instead of as a tourist up from the minors on a day trip.
As this seminal moment in his life approaches, the 22-year-old from San Diego and Boston College feels, well, calm.
Demko is finishing a degree in applied psychology (with a minor in philosophy) and now we know to what he is applying this psychology.
“I think pressure is a made up thing,” he said Thursday after his umpteenth practice since the Canucks traded Anders Nilsson to Ottawa on Jan. 2 and promoted Demko from the Utica Comets. “Everyone loves to talk about it, but you can’t really put your finger on what it is. It’s really up to the subject to determine whether they feel pressure or not. I don’t feel pressure; I’m just excited to start this new chapter for me.”
We could all use some of Demko’s Zen, especially the Canucks.