Timotha Chalamet is taking a cue from the likes of Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby, the American-born goalie who became a household name in his native Sweden.
The young goalie was born in Lofoten, Norway, but moved to Sweden with his family when he was six.
He’s played a key role in Sweden’s recent success and his family has welcomed him with open arms, so much so that he has been invited to visit the country regularly.
“I think my family is proud of me because of what I’ve achieved in Sweden, and they’re not just happy to see me there,” he said during a recent appearance on the NHL Network.
“They’re very happy to have me here in Sweden.”
Chalamet’s story is also inspiring young goalies in the U.S., who are looking to emulate the successes of the Swedish superstar and his linemates.
“I think that if you’re coming to the NHL and you’re not already playing for your country, you might not think about what it’s like to be a professional goalie,” said Jake Bean, a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers.
“You might not have the same expectations as a goalie coming to Europe or America, but if you just follow Timothi’s example, you can be successful in your first year.”
As a goalie, Chalamets strengths are speed and a high-end shot.
In his first year as a professional, Chalams shot 3.47 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.
He has also played a big role in the development of the Czechs young talent, who now plays alongside a pair of players from Sweden.
“Timotho is a player who knows how to move the puck and get his teammates involved,” said Matt Duchene, who played with Chalames in the Swedish league in 2014-15.
“He is a great puckhandler and he has a lot of vision.”
Chalmets success has also brought the attention of the U of M, which has a deep pool of goalies on its roster.
The Blue and White have had a pair in Jake McCabe, who made the move to the team last year and is currently playing in the AHL.
McCabe, 18, played in four games with the UO last season, but was recalled for his senior season this past season after being named the team captain.
“You’re seeing the potential for some really good goaltending coming out of this program,” said Josh Leavitt, the Blue and Whites director of player development.
“We have some really talented goalies and I think this is one of the reasons why.”
Chamalets development has been a big part of his development in Sweden and it will be no surprise to see him continue to grow as a player in the coming years.
“Playing with Timo is always a lot fun because it’s different,” McCabe said.
“It’s fun to play with Timothan, and to see what he can do.
He is an exceptional goaltender.
I’m very excited to see how he progresses in the future.”