Former Reading Royals goaltender Jussi Rynnas became the 489th player to play in the National Hockey League after the ECHL when he made his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-0 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old stopped all nine shots he faced in 39:23 of playing time for the Maple Leafs, whose line-up also included former ECHL players David Steckel and Jay Rosehill. Former ECHL player and coach Scott Gordon and former ECHL coach Dave Farrish are assistant coaches with the Maple Leafs, while former ECHL coach Graeme Townsend is a skating coach with the club.
The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs. Rynnas appeared in 14 games with Reading this season, posting a record of 8-5-1 with one shutout, a 3.21 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.
story and photo courtesy of the ECHL