If you entered this season not knowing much about David Rittich, you aren’t alone.
Even Bill Peters wasn’t too familiar with the goalie’s body of work when he took over from Glen Gulutzan as the Calgary Flames’ coach. Peters – and the rest of the hockey world – have gotten to know Rittich quickly, though, as the 26-year-old pushed his way in front of Mike Smith earlier this season to claim the starting job for the upstart Flames and has been a key piece in his team’s ascension to the top rungs of the Western Conference. “I just knew the organization had a lot of confidence in him,” Peters said. “I didn’t know him very well, to be honest with you. I met him at the world championships and got a chance to say hello, that’s all.”
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