Goalie Luke Cavallin, who backstopped the Flint Firebirds to their most successful season in franchise history, has signed a pro contract.
The 6-foot-2, 195 pound, 21-year old Cavallin lead all Ontario Hockey League goalies in wins during the 2021-2022 regular season. He posted a record of 36-14-4 with a .910 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average. Cavallin then continued his spectacular season in leading Flint through three rounds of the playoffs with a record of 11-8-0, a .929 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average as the Firebirds upended the Owen Sound Attack and Soo Greyhounds before losing to the Windsor Spitfires in the seventh and deciding game of the Western Conference finals.
Cavallin almost single handedly backstopped the Firebirds past the Greyhounds. In leading Flint to a five game Western Conference semi-final triumph over the Greyhounds, Cavallin stopped 218 of the 230 shots that were directed his way.
As a reward for his scintillating season with Flint, the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League have signed Cavallin to a two-year contract. The Marlies are the top farm club of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I am excited to take this next step,” Cavallin said. “I haven’t really soaked it all in yet but I am excited to get going. It’s such an honour to be joining such a great organization in Toronto and I am looking forward to the future with them.
“I want to thank the entire Flint Firebirds organization, my family, my agency, all who helped get me to this point,” Cavallin added. “There are so many people who got me this far and I am just so thankful for everyone. I owe them everything.”
Cavallin spent his entire OHL career with Flint after the Firebirds took him in the second round of the 2017 OHL priority selections draft.